New Zealand is mourning the loss of the 50 victims of the
shootings at two Christchurch mosques on Friday 15 March. While
most of us could only watch in horror as the terrifying event
unfolded, surgeons and many others at Christchurch Hospital worked
tirelessly throughout the weekend to save the lives of the
Twelve operating theatres were
active and the massive amount of emergency work completed was
unprecedented, especially with penetrating trauma which we have not
seen before in New Zealand.
On behalf of the RACS NZ Trauma
Committee, I want to pay tribute and acknowledge the excellent work
of the surgeons, their teams and the many others involved at
Christchurch Hospital. All surgical specialties including general
surgery, vascular, cardiothoracic and orthopaedic teams worked
relentlessly on the day and beyond to save the critically injured.
Their expertise, surgical skills and professionalism have made the
College very proud.
I'd like to specifically
acknowledge Mr Greg Robertson FRACS, Chief of Surgery for his
leadership, Mr Chris Wakeman FRACS, Trauma Committee member and Mr
James McKay FRACS for co-ordinating and triaging the critically
This tragic event highlights the
importance of continual trauma education and training.
Mr Li Hsee FRACS
Chair, NZ Trauma