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(News.com.au)   British doctor saves woman from brain tumor using a cordless drill while on charity mission in the Ukraine. "It shows how with improvisation you can achieve a lot"   (news.com.au ) divider line
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2008-03-17 11:12:21 PM  
www.furiousmind.org

Bet you didn't know he was a doctor!
 
2008-03-17 11:28:46 PM  
But then it turned out to just be lupus.
 
2008-03-18 12:01:09 AM  
Egon approves.
 
2008-03-18 12:40:47 AM  
Was her mission sponsored by the United Trepanations?
 
2008-03-18 12:44:04 AM  
i246.photobucket.com

Wanted for questioning.
 
2008-03-18 01:13:02 AM  
I know a guy who's an anaesthesiologist and he sometimes has to drill holes in skulls to mount (with screws) halos or other positioning/stabilizing thingies to people. I asked him if he used one of those fancy air-powered drills that stops when the resistance stops (ie you're IN) and he said, "Air-powered? No. Black-and-Decker." I swear to god.
 
2008-03-18 03:21:07 AM  
First the kidney fiasco, now this.

Doctors using "innovative" techniques trifecta in play.
 
2008-03-18 05:20:27 AM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Was her mission sponsored by the United Trepanations?

WINNAR!
 
2008-03-18 06:38:21 AM  
CravenMorehead: Egon approves.

i218.photobucket.com

you've, you've earned it.
 
2008-03-18 06:40:59 AM  
I wonder if he 'shut his brain off' while he was improvising.
 
2008-03-18 06:43:55 AM  
Back in my early career I watched a trauma surgeon drill a burr hole (to provide decompression for a subdural hematoma) with a hand powered drill. Just like the drills we were allowed to screw around with in 8th grade woodshop class. I was both horrified and amazed.
 
2008-03-18 07:00:10 AM  
"My god, man! Drilling holes in his head's not the answer! The artery must be repaired! Now put away your butcher knives and let me save this patient before it's too late!"
 
2008-03-18 07:02:56 AM  
yarnothuntin: "My god, man! Drilling holes in his head's not the answer! The artery must be repaired! Now put away your butcher knives and let me save this patient before it's too late!"

What's your degree in? Dentistry?
 
2008-03-18 07:10:01 AM  
www.brain-surgery.com

/That is all.
//Keep On Truckin.
 
2008-03-18 07:12:50 AM  
Angel of Death:
What's your degree in? Dentistry?


What is this? The Dark Ages?!
 
2008-03-18 07:44:53 AM  
If it were really improv, a hammer and chisel would've been crucial.
 
2008-03-18 07:51:42 AM  
images.danbirchall.multiply.com

Approves.
 
2008-03-18 08:21:03 AM  
What Would Emilio Estevez Do: Wins the internets right on the Boobiesle. Have a cookie.
 
2008-03-18 08:22:05 AM  
...dang, the fark filter knows "epistle" too. Clever girl.
 
2008-03-18 08:22:30 AM  
Glad it wasn't like my cordless drill. Every time I seem to need it, the damn battery dies halfway through the hole.
 
2008-03-18 08:24:57 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Agrees
 
2008-03-18 08:51:20 AM  
The 58-year-old Londoner travels to the eastern European country twice a year to perform unpaid surgeries.

Hero indeed.
 
2008-03-18 09:02:59 AM  
didn't they do this in SAW III?
 
2008-03-18 09:40:24 AM  
ryork01: Glad it wasn't like my cordless drill. Every time I seem to need it, the damn battery dies halfway through the hole.

In TFA it says that the drill ran out of juice, so he had to finish manually.
 
2008-03-18 09:44:59 AM  
Am I the only one who thought of this?
content.ytmnd.com
 
2008-03-18 09:55:46 AM  
5000_gallons_of_toothpaste: But then it turned out to just be lupus.

It's never lupus.

www.mulley.net

/far from obscure
 
2008-03-18 10:46:21 AM  
leperboy69 2008-03-18 08:51:20 AM
The 58-year-old Londoner travels to the eastern European country twice a year to perform unpaid surgeries.
Hero indeed.
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Not really. In america he'd be a hero, because the patients have to pay a hundred thousand dollars.

In Europe, it's socialized. The patient never needs to pay. Well not sure about never, I don't live there, so i'd say rarely.

But hey, at least he's willing to do it for no pay even from the government, that's cool. But no hero :)
 
2008-03-18 10:59:16 AM  
I must say that I like a man with confidence. There is a very fine line between being talented and confident and one hell of an arrogant SOB. This doctor falls on the right side of that line.
 
2008-03-18 11:31:15 AM  
i31.tinypic.com
 
2008-03-18 12:38:29 PM  
jake3988: leperboy69 2008-03-18 08:51:20 AM
The 58-year-old Londoner travels to the eastern European country twice a year to perform unpaid surgeries.
Hero indeed.
==================

Not really. In america he'd be a hero, because the patients have to pay a hundred thousand dollars.

In Europe, it's socialized. The patient never needs to pay. Well not sure about never, I don't live there, so i'd say rarely.

But hey, at least he's willing to do it for no pay even from the government, that's cool. But no hero :)


No hero my ass. He puts his time traveling to make sure people who can't pay for medical care get some. He foots his own bill or gets donations, if its like the others I know of. That makes him a hero.

Also, I would like to point out that many plastic surgeons do the same thing with problems like cleft pallet. While some of the practitioners are assholes, plastic surgery has made the lives of millions of people better who would otherwise be scarred, burned, missing a nose, without a breast, etc.

Most doctors are really in it to help people, and they all seem to do some charity with little knowledge from the public at large. Its a demanding job, and except for the wackos, I would say that almost all doctors, much like almost all soldiers and almost all emergency workers are heroes.
 
2008-03-18 01:25:54 PM  
thing I thought of -

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2008-03-18 03:36:37 PM  
satrnbmb: didn't they do this in SAW III?

first thing I thought of...
www.nattawat.org
 
2008-03-18 04:22:28 PM  
www.film.org.pl

Approves
 
2008-03-18 04:28:16 PM  
www.drmcninja.com
Not impressed.
 
2008-03-18 04:57:41 PM  
THE Ukraine? THE Ukraine what, Subby? Do you say THE Florida, THE Texas, THE Canada? Seriously, the country is called Ukraine (new window)
 
2008-03-18 05:07:37 PM  
CFitzsimmons: THE Ukraine? THE Ukraine what, Subby? Do you say THE Florida, THE Texas, THE Canada? Seriously, the country is called Ukraine (new window)

Florida, Texas, and Canada were never called "the Florida," "the Texas," or "the Canada." But the region that is now the nation of Ukraine WAS, before its independence, called "the Ukraine," just like "the Congo" and "the Sudan." It's not as if submitter invented the term at random.

Your analogy fails, and you fail.
 
2008-03-18 05:54:25 PM  
CFitzsimmons: THE Ukraine? THE Ukraine what, Subby? Do you say THE Florida, THE Texas, THE Canada? Seriously, the country is called Ukraine (new window)

besides shouldn't that be "aww shiat not Florida again?"
 
2008-03-18 08:44:19 PM  
CFitzsimmons: Do you say THE Florida, THE Texas, THE Canada?

We talk about The Iraq, and such as.

/see what Angel of Death said
 
2008-03-18 11:16:32 PM  
CravenMorehead: Egon approves.

That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me.

/tell 'em about the twinkie
 
2008-03-19 04:19:20 AM  
Wasn't this an episode of Grey's Anatomy?
 
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