[Collected via e-mail, 2003]
A 4 year old girl was admitted due to leg fracture. As it was an open fracture, she had to undergo an operation to stitch the protruding bone back in place.
Though it was quite a minor operation, still she was hooked on to a life system, as it's somehow part of the process. The doctors had to input some data prior to the operation to suit different conditions.
Thereafter,the operation proceeded. Half way through the process, the life support system suddenly went dead.
The culprit: Some idiot was using his/her hand-phone outside the operation theatre. And the frequency had affected the system. They tried to track the fellow but to no avail.
The little girl, young and innocent as she was, died soon after. Sad to say, she was the only child.
Message: Be compassionate! Do not use your hand phone at any hospital or places where you are told not to use it. You might not be caught in the act, but you might have killed someone without knowing.
Please pass this to as many, since most of us are just not aware of the seriousness.
[Collected via e-mail, August 2008]
An 6 year old girl was admitted to a hospital for a leg fracture. As it turned out, it was an open fracture, and she had to have an operation to fix it. As small as it was, she was hooked on a life support system (part of the process) and just before the doctors were done, she mysteriously flatlined.
The doctors were desperately trying to revive her, and a male doctor rushed out to get something (not specified) and he noticed a woman talking on a cell phone outside of the room. He came back with the item and found out there was nothing that could be done. He went out and snatched the phone from the woman, and smashed it to bits on the floor. The woman was angry, yelling at him to pay for a new phone, but the doctor ignored her, having to notify the parents.
A week after the girl's funeral, she heard a knock on her door, and when she opened the door,
The moral of the story: Don't use cell phones near hospital equipment. Turn them off, or don't bring them.
Origins: We first saw this forward in 1998, but those who are easily horrified should take heart — we've yet to find any news report or medical journal article or FDA-tracked case detailing a death
Although no real deaths have yet occurred, enough scary incidents have been attributed to cell phones that at least some hospitals have banned the use of those devices on their premises, or at least in their trauma, critical care, and surgical areas. Cell phone interference has supposedly created false alarms in infant incubators, prompted heart monitors to spew false results (making it appear as if patients hooked up to them were in cardiac arrest), set off fire alarms, caused
Another incident reported on the FDA web site noted:
As for how seriously those hospitals who have chosen to institute bans on cell phone use within their walls take matters, in 1998 a man in Wareham, Massachusetts, was arrested in the emergency room of Tobey Hospital after refusing to end his call. Officers twice used pepper spray on him in an effort to relieve him of his phone.
Barbara "assault and peppered" Mikkelson
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