A Sheffield children’s surgeon has spoken of how he can be brought to tears by the emotions behind his job.
Ross Fisher, a consultant paediatric surgeon, used a day off from Sheffield Children’s Hospital to take part in an ‘ask me anything session’ on website reddit.
He spoke about topics ranging from why he became a surgeon to how long it took to make a madeira cake.
When asked if he found surgery emotional, he said: “Yes I do, every operation is on a somebody, not just a thing.
“Sometimes we almost forget that, but we have to change our mindset from how you would be if I gave you the knife, we have to be a bit detached and focus on the task.
“There can be no greater trust by a parent in them letting you take their child off and do potential harm and that weighs on us, but we don’t usually show many people.
“Similarly, that look in a parent’s eyes when you go out to tell them everything has gone well – again, completely humbling, but totally uplifting.
“How do we cope? Most days, fine. Occasionally a little less well. I’ve sat in dark rooms sobbing with the pressure, but I’ve also had days where I’ve had to keep a lid on it from saying ‘what we did today was absolutely awesome’.”
In total 1,200 comments came in, and the post was viewed 78,000 times in a day. Famous names including Barack Obama have been quizzed on the website.
Mr Fisher said afterwards: “It was odd seeing yourself through other people’s eyes but also very humbling, and I got a lot out of it.
“People see Holby City or ER and think that must be what operating theatres are like, so it was a good chance to let them know the reality.”