This one time I was examining this guy who came in injured from a WW2 reenactment. Turns out his buddy shot him in the chest with a bazooka. I realized that the projectile was still in his chest and was, in fact, live. Bomb squad came in everything. I think one dude died. Crazy stuff.
No, this happened to me for real
I found a subclavian stenosis on a guy who was s/p CABG and on beta blockers. He appeared to be hypotensive so the attending took him off beta blockers until I figured out via physical exam and taking the vitals myself that he had a subclavian stenosis and was only "hypotensive" in the arm that the nurses were taking the BP in. Doppler studies confirmed the diagnosis and he was restarted on the beta blockers which might save his life in the long term.
Oh, and I've done chest compressions twice on guys that lived, at least for a few more days.
I was in the CCU early in the morning seeing my 26-year old lupus nephritis patient who was 7 days s/p pericardial window for pericardial effusion and had her tube removed 2 days prior. The nurse reported to me she had been hypotensive and brady all night. I became suspicious she was tamponading and ordered a stat echo, but unforunately she went into PEA right then. I started compressions and the nurse gave atropine as we started the code. She went into pulseless VT, gave her some shocks, and we got her back and stable before most of the code team arrived. Then we got the echo, and the CT surg folks came along to drain the tamponade. My resident finally made it up by then and she keeps telling everyone I saved the patient's life.
Nothing to do with medicine: I got to save a life of someone whose car fell off a ferry into the Gulf/Ship Channel (I jumped in when it was apparent that there was no lifesaving equipment around, opened car door of the sinking car, swam elderly man to nearby shore). I felt somewhat traumatized by the experience (although not injured with salt water in lungs like the elderly man was). However, I survived and would do it again if I had to (Coast Guard said that 99% of the time I would have been a goner and never to do that kind of **** again). I got a nice certificate out of the deal and the elderly man took me and my family to Outback and another place and gave us a $500 gift card. Said if I ever needed anything to give him a call.
Closest in medicine: Picked up on stroke symptoms of a person checking in while I was volunteering.
Wow. That's crazy. You are a hero! I wonder how come you didn't get a personal mention during a presidential address like that subway guy from New York did. Not to mention that it would make a pretty engaging story for your personal statement too, even if it isn't directly medically related.
I helped to do the chest compressions during CPR on an elderly lady who was having a heart attack once. It worked! And she was apparently up and walking again a few days later.
damn i got nothin...
closest i came to saving a life was about standing 5 feet from the anesthesiologist who resusitated a guy in asystole for few minutes on the OR table....