Mommy’s Meltdown

18-year-old pt came in w/ father. Dx: fx requiring ORIF. He consented to surgery and was taken up to the OR quite quickly. About 30 min later we hear a racket in the ER, screaming, crying, yelling, banging the walls. Turns out it’s the patients mother, not agreeing to her son being operated on, even though he is of legal age and quite able to decide for himself. When we’re not immediately trying to stop the surgeon from fixing her child, she falls to the floor and continues her loud objections.

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