Had a long Obstetrical call a while back
4 Cesareans done that day and a referral from another hospital arrived in the early evening with a mother who had been in labor for a couple of days. When she arrived the baby had died and she had obstructed labor (baby too big to come out from below).
I knew it would be a difficult cesarean and asked Dr. Dabo to help. He graciously came in to help. When we opened her abdomen we found baseball size clots of blood in her abdomen. We were sure she had ruptured her uterus but could find no rupture. After delivering her baby we found she had ruptured her spleen.
Neither Dr. Dabo or I had done a splenectomy recently (never) so we called in our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lazare who, just happens to be our general surgeon too….. Dr. Lazare came in and performed the Splenectomy. Mother did well post operatively and went home a week later.
Needless to say my esteem for Dr. Dabo and Dr. Lazare went up a few notches that night J