But when Sally lost the ability to go to the bathroom, Boon understood she had only days to live if the obstruction wasn't removed. So on a Friday afternoon she fired off e-mails to the team, telling them the surgery had to be done by Sunday. And they wouldn't have blood.
"It had to be a bloodless surgery," Boon said. "It was either this would work, or this wouldn't work and it would be fatal for Sally."
And then, the group got a break. Covidien, a Boulder company that makes a device called LigaSure that helps limit blood-loss during surgery, donated the use of a machine for Sally's sake.
Another snag loomed. The procedure demanded quite a bit of rummaging around in Sally's abdomen. If a wayward blade nicked her distended bowel, she would die; Sally would not understand how to use a colostomy bag.
There were other hairy moments during the six hours of surgery, but Sally came through it. Read the entire story (and see a video) at The Denver Post. Link -via Fark