Things that make you go OMG!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

There is no dis­put­ing that Dale El­liot’s Un­told Sto­ries has brought a num­ber of per­ti­nent is­sues to the fore in vivid tele­vi­sion im­agery, as never be­fore. Not only are the episodes well re­searched and pre­sented, but they are also quite en­gag­ing and some­times en­ter­tain­ing; amus­ing even.

Take, for in­stance, the re­cent episode of Un­told Sto­ries that I viewed on HTS for in­stance. It was ti­tled ‘Bed­lam in the Cere­bral Cor­tex’ and fo­cused on two broth­ers. One of them, Ham­let Man­gal, a former stu­dent of St. Mary’s Col­lege, is an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter who spends most of his time on the streets of Cas­tries. He is also a men­tal pa­tient.

Af­ter ex­plain­ing to the show’s host his time spent at Golden Hope un­der­go­ing treat­ment, be­ing in­jected and med­i­cated with all types of drugs and even once be­ing shot by po­lice for leav­ing the men­tal fa­cil­ity, he was then asked about a short-term em­ploy­ment he had re­ceived af­ter leav­ing the men­tal in­sti­tu­tion.

“Let’s talk about your job at the lab at the hospi­tal,” El­liot said to Man­gal straight-faced.

“Oh that wasn’t very long. I was a lab at­ten­dant in charge of get­ting re­sults com­piled and tak­ing them to the dif­fer­ent wards for the doc­tors to see what the re­sults of the tests they had re­quired were, and some­times I would have to clean test tubes and set up ap­pa­ra­tus for ex­per­i­ments, but I didn’t stay there long; I stayed there for six months,” Man­gal said. What he stated next was what had me quite be­mused.

“One day, a Satur­day, there was no one, no tech­ni­cian around, and a lady from Mon Re­pos came down for a blood test so I took a sy­ringe and took a sam­ple of blood. I didn’t do any haematoma you know. I did it good but they told me that was out of my ju­ris­dic­tion, get out,” Man­gal ex­plained. He said he thought he was do­ing some­thing good, given that the lady had come a long way, and he didn’t want to tell her to come back Mon­day since there was no one around who was qual­i­fied to draw blood. “That seemed to have been a wrong thought,” he said with a smile, draw­ing a grin from the host and sheer laugh­ter from me in the com­fort of my home.

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