True compassion can lead to immense courage…

james shone

By James Shone

On Thursday my wife and I returned to Frenchay hospital – the place of my surgery and where I was for 79 days. I was returning for a check-up MRI scan and when we walked into the MRI reception area we bumped straight into my surgeon. Usually he was very difficult to track down and often was racing from A to B. however on this occasion he had time. Wow – what a precious ten minutes we had. He openly admitted that my first operation was one of the most challenging in his career, in fact his ‘ surgeon stats’ would have benefitted if he had declared me as an ‘inoperable’ case. He was stirred on to do his best for us, after meeting with us. His compassion spurred him on – we should be the same.
it was truly humbling to be able to shake the man who saved my life by the hand and say thank you.

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