Even in the best of situations, you’d be doing yourself a huge favor by not getting seriously sick or injured while traveling. Or any other time, also.
“No dah!” you’re probably saying, scoffing at your computer.
But the point is, even with a great doctor in an ultra-modern hospital it is possible to get sicker while you are there than when you came in.
Known causes for such a potential outcome includes: picking up a bug, such as the infamous staph infection; poor medical care due to lack of training, lack of sleep, lack of support; language differences; and out-right mistakes.
The latter cause was apparently what lead to a woman in Germany coming in with a leg problem and leaving with an artificial anus.
I could not have made this one up even on one of my most creative and imaginative, gin-fueled days.
German surgeons operate on woman’s bowels instead of leg
When it comes to a surgical mistake, this incident may take the cake: A 78-year-old German woman went into the hospital last month to have surgery on her leg. Because of a mix-up, Frankenpost reports that she left the Hochfranken-Klinik in Münchberg, Germany, with an artificial anus.
While there are plenty of fantastic doctors in these areas who often were trained in prestigious medical teaching hospitals, they don’t always have the benefit of fantastic equipment.
In some of these areas you are lucky if the drinking water won’t make you sick, let alone provide sanitary conditions.
Many travelers opt to take what are sometimes extreme measures to get back to the comfort of home and near-by modern health facilities, and a doctor who knows you.
There are countless medi-vac companies just standing by to get you home…for a price.
Some of these companies even sell “memberships” that provide discounted services.
Although if I am so sick or injured that I feel the need to get shipped home as priority mail, I probably won’t be calculating the money I just saved with my fly-me-home-stat card. Just get me the hell home.
Of course once I get the bill, since my insurance probably doesn’t cover tracking wombats with pigmy’s in Tasmania, I may be singing a different tune.