Monday, 27 October 2008

Saturday Night

Things a 16-year-old girl should be doing at 9pm on a Saturday night.

  • Voting for her favourite person to win X-Factor
  • Arguing with her parents who tell her “You are NOT going out dressed like that.”
  • Chatting with her mates and explaining why her new boyfriend is so fantastic
  • Posting pictures of her cat on Flickr
  • Downloading the new Kings of Leon song
  • Getting excited as she sits in the cinema and the opening credits of High School Musical 3 come on the screen
  • Chatting to her Irish friend on Bebo
  • Standing nervously in the queue to get into the new bar in town and hoping the bouncers don’t spot her fake I.D.

Things a 16-year-old girl should NOT be doing at 9pm on a Saturday night.

  • Lying cold and lifeless on an A&E trolley as the priest reads her last rites.


Jo said...


SSS said...

No, they shouldn't.

It's hard for everyone; the family, her friends, and the hospital staff who look after her. I hope you all got a chance to debrief after that. And Jo is right, I hope someone gave you a big hug.

Anonymous said...


Dr Michael Anderson said...

When something really awful happens, people really do tend to pull together. There were lots of hugs going round last week and lots of tears too. We did indeed have a debrief and there really was nothing more we could have done for that poor girl, it was just a really, really sad situation