The memory of being awake for over three hours of surgery, knowing she was being cut and sewn back still torments Lole Gbarale.
A medical doctor, Lole had to quickly go under the knife as a result of appendicitis but her anesthesia failed, causing her to wake up during surgery.
Anesthesia is a state of temporary induced loss of sensation or awareness. A patient under the effects of anesthetic drugs does not feel the severe pain of a medical procedure.
Unfortunately, Lole’s anesthesia lost its effects during her surgery and she woke up to feel herself being cut and sewn back. Sadly, the muscle relaxants she was given made her so weak she couldn’t tell the surgeons she was awake.
Even though her surgeons have apologized to her, Lole says she is still tormented by that experience.
Lole’s experience is scary to imagine and we hope nobody goes through it and it’s a call to medical practitioners to be more careful as the effect of their work could mar or make a life.
#My story# it all happened like a flash… I was at the salon wt my friend Edikan when I noticed a sharp pain in my right lower abdomen. I just brushed it off… I mean we were preparing to jet out the next morning.. So we finished and went to see a movie, now by the time we finished I literally couldn’t walk anymore..
The doctor in us kicked in… And I paused and quickly examined myself and elicited the signs to diagnose acute appendicitis and they were all positive.. So we go do a scan and it was true… Went to see a surgeon to clear me to fly the next morning and he examines me and says “if u as much as go a lil feet in d air, the pressure will cause rupture.. U need a surgery tomorrow.. Now this was already 8pm on sunday.
I called my Dad and explained and called my bestie and immediately she got ready to fly down to where I was the next morning.
NOW TO THE SCARY PART; “MY AWARENESS UNDER ANESTHESIA” SO I AM TAKEN TO THE THEATRE, PREPPED FOR SURGERY AND INJECTED THE ANESTHETICS AND MUSCLE RELAXANT AND THEN MASKED AND BAGGED AND BRIEFLY I WAS OFF AND AFTER A WHILE I REALISED I WAS CONSCIOUS BUT BECAUSE OF THE MUSCLE RELAXANT I COULDN’T MOVE.. SO I JUST ASSUMED THE SURGERY WAS OVER… ☹
THEN I FEEL THEM DRAPE ME AND THE NEXT THING I HEAR THE SURGEON SAY.. OKK SO WE ARE ABOUT TO START…. I AM LIKE WT!!!! WHAT DO U MEAN.. THE NEXT THING HE MAKES THE FIRST CUT THEY PULL.. AND I COULD FEEL EVERY SINGLE THING..
I TRIED TO MOVE SOMETHING BUT COULDN’T… I TRIED… GOSH.. I STARTED PRAYING.. I WAS LIKE JESUS HELP ME! HELP ME! THIS PAIN IS TOO MUCH! PLS HELPPPPPP!! AND WHILE I TOT OKK ITS A LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY.. THERE WONT BE MORE CUTS… THE SURGEON SAYS OMG! SHE HAS MULTIPLE ADHESIONS.. WE HAVE TO DO AN OPEN SURGERY..
I AM LIKE NOOOOO… GOD NOOOOOO! AND THEN THEY START CUTTING AGAIN… LORD JESUS… HMMM… WELL FINALLY IT ENDED AND IT WAS MY WORST NIGHTMARE… I GOT OUT AND TEARS WELLED UP IN MY EYES. BECAUSE FOR OVER 3 AND A HALF HOURS OF SURGERY I WAS AWAKE!
I STILL DREAM ABOUT IT… MY SURGEON AND ANESTHESIOLOGIST KEEP APOLOGIZING…TRUTHFULLY I DON’T BLAME THEM BCS THEY DIDN’T KNOW.. BUT IN ALL I AM GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE AND WELL. THIS IS MY STORY. MY AWARENESS.