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Surgical chitchat

June 09, 2003

Your article "In Surgery and Awake" (June 2) certainly caught my eye. On March 20, I broke my hip. The next day I went into surgery and part way through I regained consciousness.

To say I was astonished is an understatement. I couldn't decide whether to let them know I was awake or wait and see what happened. I decided on the latter and listened to the conversations around me while the tinging, pulling and tugging went on.

Later when I told the surgeon, he said I should have joined the conversation.

Wallace Danielson

San Diego

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