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The great fear of the unknown

Undergoing surgery has given Russell Conway a taste of how intimidating the court process can be

20 June 2016

I was told it was a 'routine examination', nothing to worry about, and that I was in safe hands. Nothing could possibly go wrong and I would be out 'in a few hours'.

I don't know about you but when I'm told by professionals that there is nothing to worry about I always start fretting, and in this case, as I made my way to the hospital, I was more than just nervous.

I was having a gastroendoscopy. This means they insert a tube down your throat which has various gizmos on it, such as a spotlight, video camera, and some tweezer-like contraption to take biopsies if required.

There is, of course, a routine that takes place beforehand. At least six people ask you your name and date of birth. One can only conclude that the wrong people are sometimes given the wrong procedure. This started me fretting even more. Finally, I went into an operating ...

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