To me, every inadvertent death represents a profound failure, a dreadful reminder of personal inadequacy and yet I shall take this opportunity to inform my readers that it is humanly impossible to carry out sing handedly all the required procedures necessary in patient care. Some amount of responsibility has to be delegated to the other staff-whether surgical, medical, nursing or para medical. We have the junior trainee doctors nurses who are the backbone of our medical system. In fact, they have be delegated as much responsibility as possible after proper training, so that they learn to make independent and correct decisions in any emergency situation. Inadvertent errors of judgment are bound to occur occasionally during this training period.

There is this very interesting and amazing story of a child who despite falling from a great height had a miraculous escape. When I learnt about the nature of his fall, I was flabbergasted!

I was told that as the child was falling down from the second floor of the building, to his good fortune a Sardarji carpenter carrying a plywood cot on his head was passing by, to deliver it to somebody residing in the neighbourhood. Zoom went the child's head into the thin plywood making a hole, the size of his head, in the cot! How the child had adroitly avoided falling on the hard cement surface is anybody's guess. Fortunately he got away with a minor head injury that was not life-threatening,

What amused me was that the parents of this little diver requested the Sardarji to let them keep the cot as a souvenir! Perhaps a reminder that misfortune befalls one and all, rich and poor? Only the magnitude differs! The little hero, who is a member of a well-known business family would perhaps put to shame any stunt man from our film world! Well, this incidence reaffirms my faith in Destiny, but certainly not in the quality of our plywood!

Compilation of professional reminiscences of specialists - edited by M.V.Kamath and Dr.Rekha Karmarkar