Drowning From Within

Was this a simple case of pneumonia or something much worse?

By Tony Dajer|Saturday, February 01, 2003
The jangling phone punches through my deep sleep at 3 a.m. "Sorry to bother you," says Jean-Claude. "Sixty-five-year-old, doesn't look so hot. Might need intubating." "On my way," I croak softly into the phone. Jean-Claude is one of my best residents, and he never cries wolf. I pull on sneakers, run a comb of fingernails across my scalp, and hurry to the emergency room. Flat on his back, the 65-year-old Asian man looks near death, his eyes closed, his chest pumping like a manic bellows. The...

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