Having read Hopkins’ article on fearing that she will “die” during brain surgery, which, by the way, is done almost every week. This particular surgery, to say the least, is probably becoming a norm to most neurosurgeons. It means that they will have to bring her round, during surgery, ask her to perform tasks, such as speaking, to allow them to locate parts of the temporal lobe, Broca’s region, Wernicke’s region, or other lobes near the speech area, that they are trying to avoid. If speech slurs, they avoid that particular area. In my opinion, she should stop trying to look for sympathy. A 40% chance they won’t get rid of the epilepsy completely, a 20% chance she’ll lose the use of one side of her, IE her left arm and leg etc, and a 1%, yes 1%% chance she’ll die. 1, not 21, 20, not 50! Honestly! There are people who go in for brain tumours to be removed, aneurysms to be clipped, or coiled, as they are nowadays (Marsh 2015) hoping against hope, the aneurysms, don’t burst while they’re on the table, hoping they don’t bleed to death, and all she can speak about is whether she’ll die, or lose the use of a limb? I’m sorry, and I’m sorry if I cause offence here, but there are people, much much worse off than you. Underline the numbers 20%, and 1% here. They are not 100%, or 50%!!!
((Marsh.H,) “Do No Harm, Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” 2015)
(Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Edition: 1st) (May 26, 2015))