My life as a Malaysian doctor in the United States.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Any accidental death is a tragedy, especially around the holidays.
However this seems heightened when it involves one of your peers, on what started off as a life-saving endeavour.
(CNN) -- Three people -- a surgeon, a medical technician and
a pilot -- were killed Monday when a medical helicopter crashed in Florida, the
Mayo Clinic said.
The helicopter crashed at about 5:23 a.m. ET about 12 miles northeast of
Palatka, Florida, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman
The clinic said the helicopter was carrying two employees to the University of
Florida in Gainesville to harvest organs when the crash occurred. It identified
those employees Monday as cardiac surgeon Dr. Luis Bonilla and procurement
technician David Hines.
It's sacrifices and risks like these that I never have to take, that reminds me of what these surgeons and their teams have to go through in the name of helping patients. And in the recent years, there seems to be quite a few of these accidents, probably in part due to the increased numbers of transplants that are performed nationwide.
These guys are heroes.
Our thoughts, prayers go out to the families of those killed in this noble mission. Though I have never met either of them, I know the medical community will mourn this tragic loss.
A Malaysian endocrinologist, trained in a major academic center in USA, and now surviving in the world of practice after 12 years of training.
To maintain patient confidentiality, names, ages and genders have been altered (And some stories totally fabricated to fool gullible readers).
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