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6 In other words, Gilbert is not a man who shies from controversy, whether the debate is over politics or medicine. That was true long before he started turning up in global hot spots. Some might consider his risk taking dangerous, even reckless, but in Bagenholm’s case, it was exactly what she needed. Many other doctors would have given up, and for good reason. Taking stock of his new patient, Gilbert told me he knew that she didn’t look good. “I saw this very, very athletic young girl. ” By the time Anna Bagenholm was wheeled into the operating room, she had been clinically dead for three hours.

Stick your foot in a bucket of 56-degree water, and in less than a minute, it will start to hurt. If you jump into water that is 56 degrees Fahrenheit, it will suck the breath out of you. Stay in the water for ten minutes, and you’ll be suffering from hypothermia. Bagenholm had been in the water for more than an hour, and she was in the air, in the rescue chopper, for another hour and fourteen minutes. There was only one real glimmer of hope. There’s a saying in medicine that no one is dead until they are warm and dead.

In fact he had taken off in the rescue chopper to treat Bagenholm in the field, and only turned back when he learned that a larger, better-equipped helicopter was closer to the scene. Gilbert spends his vacation time in places like Burma and Kurdistan, teaching emergency medical techniques to people who don’t live anywhere near a hospital and doctors who have to treat battlefield wounds with only the barest medical kits. He had a brush with worldwide fame in 2008, during Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip.

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