I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to Stoke Moran.
A ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the bed dies.
It must always be in the same relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull.
Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal.
He had ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most horrible cry to which I have ever listened.
He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the rope and land on the bed.
An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary in order that he should reach the ventilator.
With the result of driving it through the ventilator.
They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate.
It was twenty-five minutes past one when Raffles, without a stitch of clothing on his body, but with a glass phial, corked with cotton-wool, between his teeth, and a tiny screw-driver behind his ear, squirmed feet first through the ventilator
over his berth; and it was nineteen minutes to two when he returned, head first, with the phial still between his teeth, and the cotton-wool rammed home to still the rattling of that which lay like a great gray bean within.
Since poor patients cannot avail the expensive ventilator
facility at private hospitals, we therefore urge Ministries of health and CADD to immediately pay attention and allocate all possible resources towards equipping the public sector hospitals with adequate number of ventilators
and other life saving equipment.