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Out of mind

Out of body

By Paul Broks   July 2002

Charles could hear the surgeons talking, one of them angrily. They were going to start cutting. There were fingers at his abdomen. Next there would be a knife. This couldn’t be. He must tell them. Don’t cut. I’m still awake. Please, not yet. The words formed in his brain but their passage to the vocal apparatus was blocked. He lay motionless and mute as the blade sliced his flesh. The pain flung him from his body. Looking down on the scene from the ceiling, he saw that the angry surgeon was still complaining. How was he to get back?

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