Your thoughts? As an opening?
Judith is here today, in this theatre, not as his usual anaesthetist but representing the Ethics Committee. She is one of that group who has given Alvarez he go-ahead for this operation. She watches as Alan brings himself to a point of total calm as he is handed the scalpel, ready for the first incision. She knows he waits, like a champion marksman, for his breath, heart and hand to settle in that quite place preceding perfection.
While Alan deftly removes the tiny, still beating heart, Judith wonders how Timothy Mills would have voted. Would he have calculated the cost or could he have considered that someone’s prayer has been answered? Would he have dragged the debate beyond this window of opportunity for the tiny toddler whose chest is open to receive this transplant from the babe born without a brain.