anatomy, anatomy lab, blood, Guadalajara, leg, medical school, Mexico, student, uag, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
So this should have been posted almost a month ago, but I’m sure you’ll believe me when I say, “I’ve been busy.”
LoL . . . so we were in Anatomy Lab preparing for our first quiz when one of the lab assistant walked in with a freshly amputated leg. And when I say fresh, I mean fresh, the leg was just cut from a “patient” that had a bone infection. It had to have been amputated no more than an hour prior to its arrival to our lab. The lab assistant was “transporting” the leg in green cloth. Blood was still coming out and the tissue was bright red, and the femur visible. Everything on the appendage was still soft, moist, and looked like it could have still been warm.
The most amazing part of this story is that our instructor didn’t skip a beat. While we were all gagging and trying to make sense of what was in front of us, he did not let the opportunity pass. He thought that was a good time to give us a preview of the lower limbs.
“This is the femur, this is the sciatic nerve, this is the femoral artery, and this was the rectus femoris.” He explained. He identified other structures, but I was too busy laughing in between lapses of intermitted nausea to catch everything.