I came back from a wonderful vacation to a pediatric neurology service that included a previously healthy, normal little boy who was found floating face down in a pool.

I’ve done a bunch of brain death exams before, but that one was, hands down, the worst one I’ve had to do.

As my attending said this morning on rounds, the kids with congenital defects, or perinatal injuries, are do-able. It’s the ones that were previously normal that make you nearly cry in the room.


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