Time is a gift. Especially in a hospital urgent care setting where final determinations are made in more haste these days.
So another story emerges…
Aaron Denham was lying motionless in his hospital bed after suffering a broken neck, smashed pelvis and punctured lung.
Doctors were within hours of turning off the 22-year-old carpenter’s life support machine.
But now, just a few months later, he is making a rapid recovery and can even walk unaided.
The first sign that talk of Aaron’s funeral was premature was when his hand flipped over at Southampton General Hospital. His mum, Deborah, ran from the intensive care unit in disbelief as the unexpected movement sparked dreams that he may survive the ordeal.
She had been preparing for the worst – even beginning the heart-breaking task of choosing music for the funeral with his sister Leanne.
What a dreadful scenario.
But Aaron, from Fair Oak, near Southampton, Hants, has done more than just survive. And despite initial fears he would be paralysed for life he is now on the road to recovery.
Doctors described Aaron’s turn-around as “miraculous”.
Note in the story that doctors seemed to give it just hours, determing that if there were no sign of recovery in that short time, they would have to switch off life support. Thankfully, in this case the tunraround happened within that time. The medical ethics clash is, in part, over the unaffordability of the gift of time in health care. I understand the arguments. I just rejoice that cases like this still prove human truths beyond the calculations of medical science.