Having surgery? Here is an important ...

Having surgery? Here is an important wake-up call

There are 23 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 1, 2007, titled Having surgery? Here is an important wake-up call. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Before her recent surgery, the last thing on Peggy Kurlin's mind was anesthesia.

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Dinana Hough

Birmingham, AL

#23 Jun 4, 2014
I had surgery today and they put the mask over my face to knock me out all was fine then I could not breathe ! I reached my hand up and moved the mask trying to say can't breathe and they just kept shoving it back over my face. It was very scary and I have never had that happen before and they didn't explain anything or say anything just kept moving my hand and forcing it over my face at some point I went out. Has that ever happened to anyone?

La Crescenta, CA

#24 Feb 4, 2016
I woke up from a 12 hr surgery non-intubated and could not breathe and was paralyzed. It seemed like minutes went by and I was starting to fade out mentally. But I thought if I let myself fall to sleep,. I would die as I knew I wasn't getting air. I finally was able to get the attention of the anesthesiologist by the look of fear in my eyes. He was asking me all kinds of questions, finally he asked me if I could breathe. I guess he could tell something was wrong and I couldn't. So he re-intubated me. At that same time, they found a huge hemorage in the wound and sent me back to the operating room. But they gassed me this time-yuck! What happened that I couldn't breathe or move after waking up? I had many surgeries before and this never happened. I thought I was a dead woman on the table.


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#25 Feb 4, 2016
sunny day wrote:
I am a victim of Anesthesia Awareness. I was going in for an emergency c-section for the birth of my daughter. I was what THEY thought to be under ,but I was NOT. I could hear everything being said by the doctors and nurses at first and couldn't understand what was going on. Then I could feel the sudden fire !! I felt as if I was being burned alive. I tried so hard to give them a sign that I could feel and hear them. I tried to wiggle a toe or a facial muscle, I tried so hard just to wiggle my eyebrow even a little so they would know. Then the next thing I realized was that I couldn't BREATH !! I was trying so hard to get normal breaths of air but I was only getting a tiny blast and then nothing. I know I was panicking and I could feel my body moving from side to side. I was in HELL.After complaining, the anesthesiologist did come to my room some time later and he asked me what I "thought" I endured. I repeated to him everything they said and even a joke they told etc in that room during the surgery !!! He looked shocked, and then told me that it was normal and that it happened a lot in a c-section as they cant give you too much anesthetic since it is bad for the baby. No one ever gets a visit from the anesthesiologist after surgery !! I know now that it was VERY wrong to have suffered what I did. No one should ever go through that EVER>
Just remember, half of the doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class.

This doctor is incompetent and even dangerous. He should be reported to the state licensing board. This never should have happened to you and you are lucky to have survived.

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