The story of the country-based GP who drilled a hole in the side of a young boy’s head using a household drill moved me. The boy had a head injury accident that led to internal bleeding that put pressure on the boy’s brain. The boy faced a near certain short-term death if the pressure was not removed.
The GP Dr Rob Carson didn’t have access to fancy medical equipment to eliminate the pressure so used an electric household drill. He had not carried out this procedure before. A Melbourne neurosurgeon guided Dr Carson through the drilling by telephone – ‘drill just below the bruise mark’ was my understanding of the gist of the telephoned instruction. Rough and risky the procedure was but there was no alternative.
I thought Dr Carson was smart at doing his job – in recognising what the problem was – and both smart and courageous in taking unorthodox means to save the boy’s life. An inspirational and remarkable doctor.
The story has been picked up in the international media. So it should.