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VDH Recounts Emergency Surgery in Libya

We found out earlier this week that our friend Victor Davis Hanson suffered a ruptured appendix in Libya and had to have emergency surgery in a Red Crescent clinic. Hugh Hewitt interviewed Victor yesterday on his experience.

Professor Hanson, I understand you had a close run thing in Libya last week, and we're awfully glad that you're back in the States.

VDH: Yeah, I did. I had a ruptured appendix, and emergency surgery, and eight days later, somehow I made it back to the States, and very lucky.

Hewitt: Well, you're going to have to give us a first-hand report about Libyan health care.

VDH: Well, you know it's very interesting. I started having some problems, about 24 hours, and then because the country has just been opened up to Americans. There's nobody really there. There's no Embassy, and nobody has any experience with it, Qaddafi's Libya. But I got a government person to escort me, and they found a Red Crescent clinic at Two in the morning. They found a doctor who was trained in Cairo, and he basically gave me an excellent diagnosis, and said I had about ten hours to either fish or cut bait. And he operated, took out the mess, and gave me some pretty strong antibiotics for peritonitis. They don't give you opiates there, or any post-operative pain killers, because...

Hewitt: What, no drugs???

VDH: No drugs in Qaddafi's utopia. But the funny thing was that oddly enough, even though it was a bad experience, there on my back, I got a lot of people from the Libyan government that came to talk to me. And it was very amazing what they said. I mean, the country has just been opened up to cell phones, internet, satellite dishes, and it's a very small country. Very large territorially, but only five, six million people. But they're very, very pro-American. They really want better relations with the United States, as much as they can talk freely in that state.

RadioBlogger has the full transcript, which goes in to more detail about his experience in Libya as well as VDH's take on the state of play on Iran and in the war.

We wish Victor all the best with his recovery.