27 Stories From People Who Woke Up During Surgery


“I was put under for surgery to get my wisdom teeth taken out. At some point during the procedure, I woke up feeling all numb and extremely tired; I could barely move a finger. I was a bit weirded out when I saw three people with blood-covered hands poking around inside my mouth with strange tools.”

“I didn’t feel any pain, though, since my mouth was probably shot up full of Novocain. I kind of wanted to not be in that situation, so I mustered all of my strength and twitched my finger a bit. Either the doctor or one of the nurses noticed, and a nurse went over to the IV drip and fiddled with it a bit. I closed my eyes again and fell back asleep. 

Next thing I know, I wake up to find my mouth full of gauze, I’m still really tired, and a nurse is telling me to stay seated so the doctor can bring my mom in here and talk with us. All in all, it wasn’t that bad as far as ‘waking up during surgery’ goes. I wouldn’t want to wake up during a surgery again, though.” 


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