Chapter 132: Consequences
Translator: Noodletown Translated Editor: Noodletown Translated
Huang Yue was dumbstruck…
“Who’s the on-call doctor tonight?” Huo Mian walked out with a surgical mask on after she changed.
“It was supposed to be Wu Xiaoxue.”
“Why did she leave halfway through her shift? Shouldn’t she be working through the night?” Huo Mian frowned slightly.
“She’s the hospital director’s niece, could we really have stopped her? It looked like she had some business to tend to elsewhere, so she left,” Huang Yue replied.
Huo Mian picked up the office phone and called Wu Xiaoxue after searching on the phone directory.
The phone rang for five seconds before someone finally picked up.
“Hello….?” It sounded like Wu Xiaoxue was asleep.
“Dr. Wu, we need you back here for a surgery. A patient’s life is in danger, she’s bleeding…” Before Huo Mian had the chance to finish, the person on the other end interrupted her.
“Are you crazy? Do you know what time it is?”
Before Huo Mian could respond, the phone went dead…
Huo Mian was unwilling to give up, so she called again. However, Wu Xiaoxue turned her phone off.
Initially, she thought that since Wu Xiaoxue lived close by, if she took a taxi she could still make it to the hospital on time to operate.
It wasn’t because Huo Mian wasn’t confident enough to proceed with the operation, it was just that despite her excellent medical skills, she was still a nurse.
She didn’t have the required medical certifications. If she were to operate, not only was it extremely risky, it could also bring forth many troubles in the future.
Huo Mian put down the phone and glanced at Huang Yue, “Yue, if I were to operate, can you be my scrub nurse? Are you okay with that?”
“Mian, are you kidding? You’re a nurse, not a doctor. Are you really going to operate?”
Huang Yue asked in disbelief…
“There’s no time to think about all that now, this patient is losing too much blood. She won’t be able to hold on for much longer. If we do nothing, two lives will be lost.”
“I know, Mian. I want to save them too, but we’re not doctors and the on-call doctor isn’t here. We have no other options. I feel really bad too, and I can only be an assistant. I don’t know anything about surgery.”
“It’s okay if you don’t understand. I know how to do it. I need you to calm down and be my assistant.”
“But… even so, the two of us won’t be able to perform the surgery. The anesthesiologist isn’t here.” Huang Yue was on the verge of crying.
It’s almost midnight, and there’s no anesthesiologist. The best option is to transfer the patient to another hospital, Huang Yue thought.
“I can administer anesthesia.”
“Um…” Huang Yue no longer had any idea what to say.
“We can’t wait any longer, hurry up and start preparing the operating room.” Huo Mian slid on her gloves and walked out.
“Mian, is this a joke? These are people’s lives we’re talking about.”
Regardless of what Huang Yue said, Huo Mian had already made up her mind. She was going to perform the surgery with or without her.
Huo Mian looked at the man that was still sobbing uncontrollably.
“Take her to the OR.”
“She can have the surgery? That’s great!” The man got up excitedly. He held onto the pregnant woman and followed Huo Mian towards the OR.
Huo Mian had been working in the OB/GYN department for over six months now. C-Sections were performed almost every other day, so she was very familiar with the procedure. Despite having never actually performed such a surgery, she was confident that she wouldn’t fail.
The only issue was that she was not a licensed doctor, and it would be rather troublesome if the family members decided to come looking for her after the surgery.
But of course, under normal circumstances, no one would pursue the matter if the operation was successful and the patient did not suffer from any side effects.
After all, she was only doing it because it was an emergency.
Huang Yue still felt unsettled before the surgery, “Bis Sis Mian, we can’t do it. It’s too risky. If the operation fails, you will be charged with medical negligence. Not only will you go to jail, but you will also need to pay a lot of money. Even if you succeeded, you will still be in big trouble if the family decides to pursue the fact that you’re not a licensed doctor. The losses outweigh the gains. We’re not Jesus, we don’t need to sacrifice ourselves to save others.”
“Yue, I understand what you’re saying, and I’ve contemplated the issues you mentioned. But I can’t watch two lives perish in front of my eyes, especially when I can save them. Do you understand? My teenage dream was to become a doctor. It is very meaningful to be able to study the human body and provide individuals a second chance at life after studying and understanding the state of their illness.”
Before Huang Yue could say anything else, Huo Mian took a long and thin needle and injected a carefully-calculated amount of anesthesia into the patient’s spine.
Huang Yue trembled in fear as she watched, for she knew that an untrained anesthesiologist may very likely leave the patient paralyzed for the rest of their life.