Thursday, April 26, 2007
Robert Crisp arrives for medical care
Robert Crisp finally stopped traveling and was received by a medical facility. A RAMC Major came out to see him, while he was unloaded. He had asked Robert if he wanted a drink. Robert interpreted that to mean a whiskey to kill the pain. Actually, the doctor was thinking of tea or broth. Robert took the tea. Doctor Keller turned out to be a gynecologist in civilian life, but he was to operate on Robert (successfully, it turned out). Robert learned that he had a round in his head, near the brain. He was congratulated on surviving this far. Because of Robert's condition, they would have to use a local, rather than a general anesthetic. Robert had to be awake through the surgery, while they dug around in his head. The doctor showed Robert the "lead", after it was removed. Robert says it was the size of "one of the large 'Ally' marbles". Robert was at the Tobruk hospital. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.