- Squier, Harriet
- Date of entry: Mar-05-2002
A physician recounts an experience he had assisting an American plastic surgeon as he performed charity surgery in Honduras. One young woman, Imelda, dies of malignant hyperthermia prior to surgical repair of her cleft lip. After her death, the surgeon returns to the patient to finish the surgery. The narrator tries to imagine the surgeon's motivation for this act, as well as the family's reaction to it.
This story also appears in Selzer's The Doctor Stories (New York: Picador USA) 1998.
Letters to a Young Doctor
Simon & Schuster