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Sam Cook

24 Hours in A&E: Doctor 'cringes' as patient undergoes ‘brutal procedure’ after crashing into telegraph pole

24 Hours in A&E aired another shocking accident as the Channel 4 series continued on Tuesday, February 7. In the latest episode, which was titled People Like Us, doctors at Queen’s Medical Hospital in Nottingham had their work cut out when a 21-year-old man was brought in after colliding with a telegraph pole. This led to him needing a procedure that doctors were left "cringing" at because of how "brutal" it was.

After being admitted to hospital, Connor Bunker was in a bad way. Following the motorbike crash, his helmet came off and this, according to Major Trauma Case Manager Zoe, could have “life-changing effects” for people in similar circumstances.

According to his brother, who accompanied him to hospital, Connor had been “screaming in agony, in and out of consciousness, as he was rushed in”. After being given drugs to help with the pain, Connor complained that his “chest hurt” and proceeded to vomit.

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Following a series of tests, doctors determined that Connor had bleeding on the surface of his brain, a broken leg and a collapsed lung, which required re-inflation “pretty quickly” according to Zoe. In order to do this, a tube had to be inserted into his torso.

“A chest drain is inserted into the chest wall to re-inflate the lung,” Zoe explained, “It’s quite a brutal procedure and it does make me cringe a little bit.” She went on to describe how she feels sorry for patients who have it done.

Luckily for Connor, after the procedure was completed, his breathing returned to normal. A title card at the end of the episode revealed that he spent four weeks recuperating on a ward before returning home to his family. For more TV and showbiz stories, subscribe to our newsletter here.

24 Hours in A&E continues on Channel 4 at 9pm, Tuesdays.


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