You’ve surely received this mail previously, haven’t you? Many times everyday…
Recently, in Bangalore, a young girl was being treated for a heart ailment. She was responding well to treatment, until…
Doctors realised that there were fluctuations in the life support system. And after prolonged fluctuations, the device collapsed, taking the girl’s life.
It was found later that the culprit behind this tragic incident was a mobile phone user who was using his hand phone too close to the Critical Care Unit. The signals from the mobile phone interfered with the life support system, leading to the crash and ultimately to the girl’s death.
Be compassionate. Do not use mobile phones in hospitals, petrol bunks and aircrafts.
I do not know how much truth there is in the above email, but the logic sounds appalling. The real culprit is the company that designed and fabricated the life support device. The company should be sued for incompetence.
Is it not possible to design a device as critical as this in a way as to not interfere with civilian frequencies? Surely operating frequencies of devices can be pegged higher than those used by personal electronic devices. What next? The device crashed because a local FM radio station beamed its broadcasts at a frequency that interefered with the device’s operation? Someone was talking inside the operation theater and the device collapsed because the operating frequency was within the audible range?
E-mails like the one above play with our conscience by turning needlessly imperative: “Be compassionate” , “Have a heart” and the like. Compassion, yes. We should be “pro-life” at least within the hospital. But then that shouldn’t be driven because of incompetence.
P.S.: As an aside, has anyone found out whether the phone user in question was related to the girl, and was actually trying to arrange for blood, finances, etc?
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