Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Knife Crime - doctors

The damage a Knife can do...Knives have devastating effects, hospital staff see more than their fair share day in, day out.  Below some of the staff tell us of their experiences:-

Charles Knowles, a Consultant Surgeon at the Homerton Hospital in Hackney and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel..."I have spent many years training as a Surgeon in East London and have seen the results of 'knife injuries' on most of the nights that I have worked over the last 10 years.  During that time I have been working over Christmas on several occassions...

...I remember one Christmas Eve receiving a 17 year old male who had been stabbed in the chest on the left side.  The knife had gone deep in to the chest, breaking 2 ribs in the process.  He had a cardiac arrest on arrival.  I opened his chest and attempted to stop the bleeding but there was no neat hole in the heart to sew up.  Instead there was just a constant welling up of blood from behind the heart that flew out of the chest every time we ventilated his lungs.  It was impossible to stop this...he died!
Covered in blood, I looked up to see that it was now Christmas Day.  The floor in the Resuscitation Room was about 1cm deep in blood and the place smelt of it!  There was silence around the room.  Later that night I found one of the nurses crying outside.
The worst thing about this case is that the next Christmas Eve the same thing happened again".

Mr. Nigel Tai, a Consultant in Trauma & Vascular Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel has had ample opportunity to observe the tragic consequences of 'Knife violence' both in the UK and Abroad..."I will always remember breaking the news of one 17 year old victim's death to his Mother and Sister.  The blade had gone in to his buttock and then in to an intestinal blood vessel, causing serious internal haemorrhage which resulted in his collapse, several hours later.
Neither the Victim, the Perpetrator nor the Medical Staff realised the extent of the damage as the external wound was small and there was little bleeding!
The anguish inflicted on this boy's relatives, and their total distress on hearing the news of their loved-one's senseless death, is typical of the devestating impact that results from carrying a Knife"...

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