There were a couple of patients scheduled for c-sections this past Thursday, and the other docs appointed me to be the surgeon of the morning. The first c-section was for twins. The next case was a scheduled repeat c-section. I walked up to the patient to introduce myself. "Moning! Nem bilong me Dr. Stephanie. Mi dokta bilong katim na rausim pikinini." or "Good morning! My name is Dr. Stephanie. I am the doctor who will be doing your c-section." The patient responded (in Pidgin), "There was a doctor Stephanie who did my last c-section." Really? What are the chances... When was your last c-section? In 2005. February 2005? Yes, indeed I had taken care of this very patient when I was here in PNG for one month as a resident.
And the more I thought back to that month, I actually remember Temar. She was admitted to B-ward with preterm labor and I took care of her there for a week or two. The labor eventually progressed and her bag of water broke, necessitating delivery of the baby. The baby was lying sideways (transverse) and could not be delivered vaginally. I did her c-section with one of the other volunteer docs and welcomed her little girl into the world.
So four years later, I meet Temar again and deliver her second baby (which was much easier than the first if I remember correctly). #2 was a boy :).