Youth Voices: Under the knife and completely aware

By Kaman Hau


This paper will focus on a study named “Under the Knife and Completely Aware: A Case of Intraoperative Awareness.” It is about a case filed about a man named Sherman Sizemore, and how his family claimed that he was not given the proper drugs needed for him to make him unconscious. These two journal articles supported the leading surgeon’s stance on how the surgeons are not at fault for Sizemore’s suicide. “Incentive Spirometry after Abdominal Surgery” explained the proper treatment after surgery requires anesthesia, and the consequences if anesthesia is not given. “Private guardians may protect – or just steal and abuse” explained how guardians at home abuse their rights, and how they could possibly neglect the patient leading to diagnoses such as depression.

The article used to support the lead surgeon at the Raleigh General Hospital was written by a professor at the University of North Carolina. Assistant professor Suja Davis wrote this article, because she wanted patients to know how to properly get care after surgery. A spirometer is used to help patients after their surgery. A spirometer “measures the flow of air inhaled through the mouthpiece and enhance pulmonary ventilation, and to overcome the effects of anesthesia,” Davis wrote. This instrument is used to help patients track their breathing. If proper treatment is not given to patients after surgery, they may not overcome the effects of anesthesia. This machine is essential after surgery, because it gives the patients enough air for them to breathe properly and recover. Being able to breathe is needed for a person’s well-being.

If Sizemore was not given the proper treatment after his surgery, the consequences meant he would not recover and he felt abandoned because of the lack of help. This article supports the surgeons that performed the surgery on Sizeman because, if the family did not help him properly, this could have also led to his suicide.

Another journal used to support the leading surgeon at Raleigh General Hospital was an author for the Las Vegas Review Journals. Colton Lochhead wrote the article about some guardians who steal from patients. Lochhead wrote, “That guardian could help you, but may instead take your money and your property, leaving you destitute.”

For example, Krista Berger had a bipolar disorder and needed a guardian. Instead, her guardian left her with half a million dollars in debt. “Berger is left with nothing more than a feeling that she has been abused not just by Bristol but also by the county government that gave Bristol nearly unchecked power to ruin her life.” If your guardian used you instead of taking care of your needs, you feel as if you are abandoned. This feeling of abandonment could lead to depression.

This is similar to Sizemore, because even if he did have a guardian at home, the guardian could have mistreated him. This could have also led to depression and his suicide. This article is important because if a guardian mistreated a patient, it could have a big impact on the patient’s life. In conclusion, the surgeons at Raleigh Hospital are not at fault for the suicide of Sizemore. In fact the family members of Sizemore are at fault because of their abuse and neglect of him.

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