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.
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
Major Winchester's blood type is revealed to be AB-. See more »
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 »
[Charles is the only one who can give the appropriate blood]
Charles, lie down and start bleeding.
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Two soldier who don't know each other are wounded. One of them is terminal; the other likely to die. They don't have the tissue to save the second guy, but it will be possible if they use part of an aorta from the first man. The first guy has a buddy who finds the whole thing ghoulish, since his friend is not dead and seems to be a secondary concern. Where the episode gets creative is when Hawkeye says that there is a time limit on the surgical procedure. At some point, he will suffer brain damage. On the screen is a clock which lets us know how much time is left. This is really tense. The first man is not dead and, ethically, they cannot cut into him. It's a race against time in a sad and bizarre situation. The actors are quite good in this one.
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