Healers know what counts

I read with, I admit not so great interest, the ongoing saga of the Health Services Administration and its new director, past director and yet the past, past director.

This all appears to be politics to me and of not great interest, but what I recently found out was that the HSA and in particular the Trauma Centre at George Town Hospital and the paramedic crews that service it from the West Bay station are not interested in particularly the politics of the situation, although I am sure they keep track just like the rest of us. They are in the business of saving lives and comforting people.

I had the misfortune of severely lacerating my leg recently and was brought by the West Bay paramedic crew to George Town Hospital.

Without hesitation Dr. Denise Osterloh evaluated the wound to determine whether surgery was necessary. Thankfully it was not.

The wound occurred in a pool of standing water dating back to Ivan. I was unsuccessfully trying to drain this pool, missed and managed to lacerate to the bone, my leg.

Dr. Osterloh immediately determined the potential for infection and proceeded to clean the wound like she was cleaning tile grout. She hung so many antibiotics to my IV I lost count. Cleaning after cleaning she decided no surgery was necessary and stitched up my wound. Now, I would not recommend anyone going through this cleaning procedure but the hours she put in cleaning my wound saved me from surgery and most importantly any infection.

I was seen six straight days after that at 7am to have another antibiotic administered IV. I never waited more than five minutes. The nurses who treated me were kind and sympathetic, although some asked me how I could do such a stupid ting, which I freely admit it was.

I was followed by Dr. Sean Teeling as well every day and both I credit with saving my leg from infection or worse.

My sincere thanks to all the professionals at the Trauma Centre at George Town Hospital and paramedics from West Bay.

Frank DeLessio

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