Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Death by Borders
Patient advised to seek out assistance from the consulate of their country of origin.
Patient should return to their country of origin to obtain treatment of their liver mass.
Patient to avoid alcohol and illicit drugs.
We made up a taxi voucher and arranged to get them to a shelter before it closed for the evening. They could get their prescriptions filled there and they'd store the pain meds so the patient wouldn't get mugged for them.
As warmly as I could (through the in-house interpreter) I told the patient that if they got sick I'd like them to come back to our hospital.
I wish you could all have seen the look on the patient's face when they left. I wish you also could have seen the look on the face of the attending doctor. She didn't want it to be this way. Nobody does.
Well... almost nobody.
Posted by shrimplate at 4:29 PM