Vital Signs: The Woman Who Needed to Be Upside-Down

A doctor is baffled: Why did a 
giant man walk into the ER holding 
a tiny woman by her feet?

By Louis F. Janeira|Monday, August 27, 2012
The emergency room was busy that afternoon. I had just started my shift and was making my way through a scrum of frantic doctors, nurses, and orderlies when I heard yelling coming from the ambulance bay entrance. “Put her down now!” I recognized the stern voice of Herb, one of our security guards. “Get a stretcher, stat,” said Ellie, the head nurse. “You’re hurting her,” a woman yelled. I ran to the ambulance bay, rounded a corner, and saw a huge man...

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