Tenyearold Ben has epilepsy, and today he's going to be operated on by Dr Mike Carter. He's going to remove the part of Ben's brain that gives him daily epileptic seizures. The good doctor peels away skin and muscle to expose Ben'skull (making a 'trapdoor'). Chris visually shows us the part of the brain Dr Mike is going to remove the abnormal blood vessels from. He nips in there and gets that lesion. Ben's subsequent recovery ends on a very happy note!
Chris and Xand play a trick on groups of students, involving concentration. They watch a video of kids in two teams one black, and one white passing a basketball around. They are to count the number of passes made by the white team. Most of them get it, but what they don't notice, because of their 'inattentive blindness', is Xand lurking about in a gorilla suit right among the players!
Nineyearold Niella visits Chris in the Ouch Mobile, concerned about the spot on her eyeball. We learn it's called 'scleral melanocytosis' basically a freckle an extra bit of wayward skin pigment that got in there. Niella will have it for life, and as Chris says to her it's faint, unique, and definitely cool!
Nineyearold Alfie steps into the Ouch Mobile to show Chris his multicoloured mop how! There is a birthmark in the hair on the back of his head which is light brown as opposed to the rest of his dark brown hair. Chris explains this particular patch of hair is not making pigment a condition called poliosis and our lad seems perfectly resigned to having an even lightercoloured patch of 'spray paint' when he gets older!
In emergency, nineyearold Tamsin is waiting for doctors to look at her swollen ankle. Helping her is Dr Helen Stewart, and after finding the girl's leg is very painful, sends her along for Xrays. No break is seen, but to ease Tasmin's pain, Dr Helen says they'll put a pot on her leg meaning a plaster cast. Part of that is applying a backslab, which supports the back of the leg and allows for swelling. See part 2 to learn how this type of injury is resolved!
Nineyearold Tamsin still in some pain has returned to hospital, and is now being looked at by Dr Naidu Maripuri. After viewing the Xrays and seeing no break there, he concludes it's a soft tissue injury. We get an animated explanation to clarify. Then Tasmin has a full plaster cast put on for two weeks. With a return checkup, all should be well!
Twelveyearold Isabelle waits in emergency with muddy boots and a sore hand. She'd been out with her horse when he suddenly bolted, dragged her along, and trampled her hand. Luckily, Dr John Griffiths is on hand to checkout that hand! He does his due diligence prodding and poking until he finds out just where it hurts. Thinking in terms of a possible fracture, it's off to the Xray room for Isabelle. We get an animation about how many bones are in the hand and which part seems most vulnerable in
Blood is made up of different things, all of which have different jobs in your body. To prove this, Xand takes Chris' blood for a spin, to separate it in a centrifuge machine. But where does blood come from Bones are amazing bloodmaking factories and veins come right inside them to pick up your blood. Actually, they take the nutrients of your bone marrow and distribute it throughout your body. Hey the more the marrower! As the docs themselves say, it really is a cool process.
Chris goes on call with paramedic Jan Vann. Good job they're in their rapid response vehicle, as they visit a young man going through anaphylactic shock. Alan is being brave and may not even realise this is a life threatening emergency. Jan injects adrenaline into Alan's arm to constrict the blood vessels throughout his body and reverse the swelling. Now away in the ambulance to watch in hospital for another swollentongue occurrence.
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