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56. Her Intestines Were Sticking Out

Heard this from an emergency doctor friend of mine a while ago. A female patient comes in complaining of severe abdominal pain. Nurses take vitals, ask questions, etc. Eventually, my friend sees her, and, after a few questions, he has her lift her shirt.

The “severe abdominal pain” on the chart was, in fact, due to a gash so severe that part of her intestines were sticking out of her. No one had noticed, and she hadn’t thought to mention that her organs had started leaking out. In fact, she seemed just as surprised as he was.



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