Case 70: A Child Refusing an Operation
It is the first case of the day. The patient is a 10-year-old girl (American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I [ASA 1]) scheduled for repair of prominent ears. The parents, who accompany the child, are very keen to have the ears corrected. The child, on other the hand, is worried and asks if she can go home. She tells you that she is anxious, as she has seen a film that showed a person who was paralyzed and aware during anesthesia. The girl seems intelligent and articulates her concerns very well.