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Sheffield children’s surgeon has ‘sobbed’ over cases

Sheffield Childrens Hospital Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Mr Ross Fisher, took part in an Ask Me Anything on social news website reddit

Sheffield Childrens Hospital Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Mr Ross Fisher, took part in an Ask Me Anything on social news website reddit

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.”

 

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