An Australian surgeon who amputated a trapped man’s legs in Christchurch, using only a hacksaw and a multi-purpose tool, is “doing okay” despite her harrowing ordeal.
Speaking in Sydney on Friday, the president of the Urological Society of Australia, Dr David Malouf, said the amputation took place 30 minutes after Tuesday’s quake in a confined space under difficult circumstances.
“I’ve spoken with the individual, she’s doing OK,” he said.
Well that’s great. I am sure she did a great job. And it cannot have been a pleasant thing to have to do.
But I suspect it was even more harrowing for the man whose legs were removed. How is he going, I wonder?
The man’s name is Brian Coker. He is doing well, and is thankful for the intervention which saved his life.
He seems a brave and decent man:
… acknowledging his life would never be the same, he said his thoughts were focused on the people of Christchurch as the traumatised city is rattled by constant aftershocks, particularly those who had lost loved ones.
“My heart goes out to them,” he said. “I have colleagues who are injured and colleagues who are missing and my condolences go out to their families.”