M*A*S*H: Season 8, Episode 11

Life Time (26 Nov. 1979)

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When soldier needs a valve replacement or else he could be paralyzed. And when another soldier is brain dead but still alive, they have to decide if they should remove his valve to save the other and they only have 20 minutes to decide.

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Hawkeye and the gang have less than 20 minutes to replace a wounded GI's aorta graft or he risks being paralyzed forever. It just so happens a wounded man has just the graft they're looking for. Will they be able to save the GI in time? The clock is ticking (at a corner of the screen). Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Major Winchester's blood type is revealed to be AB-. See more »

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Although it is theoretically ideal for an individual to receive blood that is the exact same type as his or her own, if the soldier on the table had AB- blood, he should have been able to receive any blood as long as it is RH-. However, at the time of the Korean war this may not have been known. See more »

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Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: [Demonstrates his - very good - col. Potter impersonation] Once I explained who I was.
Colonel Sherman T. Potter: [Who just walked in while Klinger was talking] You allright? You sound like a donkey in heat.
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Mike Farrell's Best Performance Ever!!
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The following episode from the 1979-1980 television season would be one of the top four episodes ever in that campaign. Captains Hunnicutt and Pierce were involved in the most serious episode in saving a patient who lost an aorta. Major Houlihan -- starring Loretta Swit -- played a key role in this episode -- too -- in the fight against time from death because of acute renal failure or being paralyzed in the horrific situation. The three of them told the helicopter pilot that twenty minutes stood between life and death after they approach surgery. Mike Farrell's role in removing the aorta -- for the graft -- involved conflict with another wounded patient. His partner could not understand why the patient was more important than his own well-being; moreover, an eighteen-year-old was dying from a sever head wound within ten to twenty-two minutes. Anger, conflict, spontaneity, determination, diligence, and worthiness were key elements in preventing the patient from dying after twenty minutes. The program should have rated at least a 14 out of 10; moreover, the description of fitting the graft in the surgery was a key factor in that show. Both Mike Farrell and Alan Alda did quite well in the fight against time. Way To Go!! Another must see episode!!


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