Two-Minute (or So) Drill
During an Australian Rules football game in the remote town of Ravensthorpe (pop. 392), Western Australia, last month, 23-year-old Hayden McGlinn collided head-to-head with another player. After being taken to the town's small hospital, McGlinn, the victim of a blood clot on die brain, started to fade. Steve Hindley, a general practitioner on duty, saw there wasn't enough time to fly him to the neurosurgery facility in Perth. So Hindley made a command decision: "There was only one thing left to do," he said, "and that was to drill a hole in his head."
After a hand drill borrowed from the town dentist malfunctioned, Hindley went to work with an old woodworking drill discovered at the Ravensthorpe school. Hindley sterilized the bit and bored a hole into McGlinn's left temple, draining blood that had accumulated and buying time to have McGlinn moved to Perth, where at week's end he was in serious but stable condition. Hindley declined credit for saving the player's life, calling the operation a team effort. McGlinn's father, however, called Hindley a hero. "It is positively the best bush medicine we have ever seen," the elder McGlinn said.