What kind of complications can come up from surviving an emergency appendectomy by non-physicians?
By way of example, there’s the celebrated case of Wheeler Lipes, a pharmacist’s mate serving on a U.S. Navy submarine in 1942, who pulled it off using surgical tools fashioned from spoons and, one presumes, ample amounts of chewing gum and baling wire. The patient survived the surgery, and was reportedly back on his feet within two weeks, but died two years later from an enemy attack.
It’s amazing to me that a pharmacist’s mate had enough training to do this kind of work. I would guess he at least had some field medic training, involving cutting out infections and tying off sutures, your basic “patching up bullet holes” kind of thing. Assuming Lipes had sufficiently-sterilized equipment, and assuming the internal and external stitches held long enough for the holes to close up, what kind of post-surgery complications could the patient have suffered from?
Tangentally, what other stories are there of emergency internal medicine performed by untrained personnel?