“I have done
something; oh, God! I've done something real at
last.” Why does Andrew say
this? What does it mean?
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Andrew, the protagonist of the story Birth, utters these words as
he is able to bring a still born child back to life which seemed
impossible in the beginning. The child is born still to the wife
of Joe Morgan. The child is the first child of the couple who has
been married for nearly twenty years. The child is born under
critical condition. Both the child and the mother are in critical
condition requiring urgent attention. The nurse dumps the child
thinking it to be still born.
Andrew takes care of the mother first and seeing her in the
recovery path turns his attention to the child. Andrew pulls the
child out. It is a perfectly formed boy. Its limp white body is
white and soft. Its head is hanging loosely on the thin neck.
Andrew at once understands that it is a case of asphyxia pallida.
He orders the nurse to get him cold water and hot water and
basins. He lays the child upon a blanket and begins the special
method of respiration. Fifteen minutes passes but no breath comes
from the body of the child. In sheer desperation, he rubs the
child with a towel, crushes and relaxes the chest with both
hands. Then a miracle happens. The little chest gives a short,
convulsive heave and then another. Andrew redoubles his effort.
The child is now gasping, deeper and still deeper. Then comes the
child's cry. He hands over the child to the nurse and climbs down
the stair. He utters the quoted words out of deep satisfaction on
achieving the seemingly impossible task.
It means that Andrew has been able to do something wonderful. He
has been able to apply what ever he learnt in the medical
textbooks and even beyond that. It is really a great achievement
for Andrew. The above words mean that a doctor is a medium
through which God or Almighty grants life to the patients. The
miracle happened by the grace of the Almighty. Andrew
acknowledges this fact in the above quoted words. These words
bring home the fact that saving the life of a patient is the most
coveted achievement of a doctor.
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