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March 9th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Doctor's heroics prompted praise, questions

Readers had a lot of praise for  Tim and Alison Delgado and also questions about the story that was published Saturday. The Delgados had a rare encounter in the emergency department after Alison was struck by a car while bicycling.

For more about the couple, visit Razoo and Move with Love.

Here are some of your questions and comments (edited for brevity).

Ltcmdr49022: CNN, is this the best you could do for front page news? Yea, yea, yea. I'm happy she made it through and all, but there are issues in the world going on at this very moment that would have been more better suited for a main event.

Guest responded to such criticism. "Human stories keep us grounded. Hearing only the negative all the time makes us detached and angry. These stories remind us of the human condition and that there is always hope and love to get us through the day. So don't be such a sourpuss and smile. Life has its moments... good and bad."

The next question referred to how Tim inserted a tracheotomy tube after his wife's seizure.

podbaydoors: What I want to know is, where'd he get the tube? I hate it when they leave out details like that. Although I have known ER docs and anesthesiologists to carry intubation kits around just in case- on of them saved my father-in-law's life at the airport when he had a cardiac arrest in the check-in line

Good question.  Tim had grabbed the tracheotomy  kit from Alison's rehab center after her initial injury. Tim mentioned that he took it home without really knowing why. That impulse probably helped save Alison's life.

ryandote: There's no such thing as a "trauma" residency.

You're right.  Tim is an emergency medicine resident at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

lucer0t wondered why Tim and the nurse just stood there and waited for another helicopter to arrive.

They didn't.  Tim and his flight nurse, Deb Jump, were part of a team effort to save Alison's life.  But Tim could not be her primary doctor.  After realizing the patient was his wife, he ordered drugs for his wife at the hospital.  "Frazzled, he didn't realize he was recommending the wrong dose."  The emotional toll wreaked havoc on Tim's state of mind at the time. That is why Tim could not be her doctor on the flight back.  Here's what one reader said about that kind of shock.

AbdulH: About 10 years ago, I was at the beach and I heard a woman about 100 yards away screaming... When I ran down there to her, her husband was floating in the surf. I ran out grabbed him and pulled him to shore. He was not breathing. I have had CPR training twice in my life,  but not recently.  I checked his tongue, airways pulse and started CPR and yelled to people who had gathered to call 911 and continued until he started breathing on his own.  Shortly after paramedics showed up and took over, I went to the wife to talk to her and found out she was an emergency room nurse, but in her panic just froze and had no ability to render aid.  So I can understand the decision here to bring in another doctor even though precious time was also lost.

And here's an update from Tim: "Ali's [final aneurysm] surgery went really well.  Last night she actually went out to dinner for her birthday.  We still plan to get her back to work in April or May."


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