MERCY FLIGHT

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

Your Ask an Ex­pert ar­ti­cle about the ap­pen­dix (AG 137) brings me to re­lay this story. I was about 11 (57 years ago!) and living on King Is­land in the Bass Strait when I was flown by the Air Am­bu­lance to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne with acute stom­ach pains and a sus­pected burst ap­pen­dix. I do not re­call much about the flight, am­bu­lance trans­port or get­ting to the op­er­at­ing the­atre, but

I do re­call wak­ing up in the ward to find a doctor and about five young in­terns stand­ing around my bed hold­ing a jar with my ap­pen­dix in it. Sure enough, it had burst, but had ac­tu­ally formed a sac around it­self, so the toxic fluid was con­tained therein. How for­tu­nate for me. I have no idea whether this is com­mon or not, but for a little girl, it made quite an im­pres­sion. I do not con­sider my­self one of the many without an ap­pen­dix who suf­fer re­cur­rent in­fec­tions – as a 2012 study found – be­cause for me, it hap­pens rarely. In fact, on a re­cent tour of India, I was one of the very few in our group of 25 who didn’t suf­fer a bad bout of ‘Delhi Belly’. JEANETTE DEN­NI­SON KING IS­LAND,TAS

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