My Life, Their Lives: saving lives at the roadside
Friday, 15 January 2010
They stand there, the three of them, holding hands, a family circle so much smaller today, because of the one who lies only a few yards away, and yet who is unreachable. They call out, beg, plead for her life to be saved, but I know, as I walk out of the resuscitation room towards them, that this is one prayer that will not be answered.
I am a BASICS Doctor. I am one of a select group of doctors who give up their time to provide medical care at the roadside. My son has nagged me to put some more details in, so you can blame him.
I am married, and we have 5 kids. My wife is a photographer, and I'm only occasionally jealous of what she does! Our eldest wants to be a doctor. I'm trying to persuade him to find a proper career. The only problem with that is he sees how much I enjoy what I do.
Our daughter, second in line, is the artist of the family. She will be VERY famous when she is older, I have no doubt.
Our younger three boys are, fortunately, too young to have to worry about careers - much more interested in TV and computer games than anything else - ah, the joys of youth!!
I am an A&E Consultant of a fairly large District General Hospital. This helps me keep up my trauma skills, as we are very close to both the M1 and the M25.