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The Henry Swan Papers

Title:
Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher pdf (653,665 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher
Description:
Intending to have them published, Swan's wife had his letters transcribed as he sent them.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (653,665 Bytes)
Date:
1945-02-20 (February 20, 1945)
Creator:
[Swan, Henry]
Recipient:
[Swan, Mary Fletcher]
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Exhibit Category:
Medical Training, Wartime Surgical Experiences, and Early Career, 1935-1949
Box Number: 1
Folder Number: 51
Unique Identifier:
HPBBFM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Transcripts
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1944-1996
Folder: World War II. Letters at home, by Henry Swan II, 1944-1945
Transcript:
Feb. 20, 1945
Dearest,
Haven't written for a couple of days. Night before last was a busy one. Three of the most seriously wounded and difficult cases I've ever coped with hit us all at once, and we had a long hard night. Since then they've been a constant problem in the ward, so we've been busy. On one of them, the aorta and the vena cava were both torn and had to be tied off. Also small bowel injuries. He is still miraculously alive, although I don't hold much hope for him. The other had his iliac vein torn up, together with small bowel injuries. He received 10 transfusions in 5 hours. He died this morning, probably in kidney failure from transfusion reactions. Thus we spent the night fighting major hemorrhage, a very exhausting procedure.
Well, darling, guess I'd better go back over and see my boys. The first two we did several days ago, are getting along swell, thank goodness. I always feel defeated when I lose one, even if the situation is seemingly hopeless. There's always the thought that there might have been something else or something different that we should have done.
Goodnite, dear -
H
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