More Than 300 People a Year Wake up During Surgery

By Gary Cutlack on at

Horror-stats compiled and released by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland have counted the number of people who wake up from the anaesthetic during surgery, revealing that 300 people a year suffer the living hell of awaking during an operation.

That's a one in 19,000 chance of waking up, with incidences higher in cases of women undergoing caesarians. An incorrect ratio of muscle relaxant and anaesthetic is usually responsible, leaving affected patients awake but paralysed. Baddest trip ever.

As all as the obvious physical misery, the psychological pain of hearing your surgeon saying "whoops" and medical students laughing at your shaved body parts can stick, with some of those affected suffering post-op stress for years. And quite unlikely to visit the GP for anything less than a limb getting chopped off in a farming accident in future. [BBC]

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