Grandma dances naked, politely asks to be filmed
Before surgery we take pre-op photos. Typically we have patients stand on a stool, and we put some music on in the background. One older woman completely disrobed, got up on the stool, and apparently feeling the beat of the music just started dancing. When my assistant began taking pictures she asked, “Hey, do you have video on that? Get this on video,” before proceeding to do a whole naked dance. I really hope that’s up somewhere on the Internet.
Gangsters with guns always get a refund
A doctor I worked with did a surgery for a guy who was very “connected,” if you know what I mean; it was breast implants for his girlfriend. The only problem, the guy didn’t care for the final product and came back to voice his displeasure. And by “voice his displeasure,” I mean demand the doctor remove said implants under the threat of death.
And sometimes plastic surgeons actually save people's legs
One of the guys working for the Water & Sewer Department was digging a trench when a chunk of sidewalk broke off and cut through his legs. He had open wounds and was pinned in sewer water -- so basically, he had an instant infection. He was also in shock. After they got him out with a crane, the orthopedic surgeon determined that the water and bacteria in his veins had done too much damage and he couldn’t reconstruct the legs. They'd have to amputate.
The guy refused and demanded a plastic surgeon, even signing a waiver saying that if the procedure killed him we couldn't be held liable. So we did a microvascular transfer in one leg, which took 13 hours. Two days later, we did the other leg. The following week -- he started rehab. A year later, he was back at work at Water & Sewer. I still get a Christmas card from that guy every year.
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