Chest 86; Esima

7 Sep

Chest 86; Esima


It was 1973 and I spent the whole night awake watching a lady die from asthma. She wheezed her last, I saw her terrified eyes, and I watched her slide down that tunnel at four o’clock in the morning. Her attack was resistant to available drugs, and respiratory support resources were severely restricted due to medical sanctions imposed by so called civilised countries on the place that was then called Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). I have never forgotten her.

The excellent nursing staff at Harare Hospital call the condition Kuzarirwa and would say to us “Esima”.

The X-ray in this picture is from a young lady with asthma being treated in a modern intensive care. She survived. The image appears twice; both incorporated into the main image, and on the security monitor on the wall. It is the first time I have displayed an X-ray whole, and I think it makes a clear statement. It is paired with pollen bearing grasses and trees that cause allergic asthma in Queensland.

4 Responses to “Chest 86; Esima”

  1. leecleland September 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    What a terrifying ordeal for you both and so pointless the sanctions that caused this death. The tangled colours and the narrowing tunnel speak volumes. The whole monitor X-ray seems to me to be saying “and this could have been avoided”.

    • Xraypics September 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Thankyou Lee, this happened many many years ago, and one can only hope that people learned from the matter. Thanks for your comment., Tony

  2. MikeP September 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    At first it seemed like spin art or tye-dye… then the b/w pic set me straight. Thank god for improvements in medicine.

    • Xraypics September 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      That’s me! I like a bit of ambiguity in art. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the comment, Tony

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