(Part 1 of 2) "When people ask me if I remember past patients, one young man always comes to mind. He died following complications after an elective operation I performed, and he left behind a wife and young child. 20 years later, I still look back on that memory and wonder how it could have been different. But I have never made the same mistake again and I made sure I passed on the information I had learnt. But it wasn’t a very caring system back then. I went to Coroners’ Court and had to stand up and explain in front the patient’s family and in the full blaze of publicity how an operation I had performed led to the death of somebody they loved. I then returned to work and nobody asked, ‘Are you alright?’ Worse still, I did an operating list the following day and I was terrified. The list went well, but it would have been helpful for somebody to say, ‘I’m going to just stand by you while you do the next case.’" – Peter, Chief Executive of FMLM When people ask me if I remember past patients, one young man always comes to mind. He died following complications after an elective operation I performed, and he left behind a wife and young child. Read and share this story on Facebook!