Archive March 2019 XX, No. 3

The MH in Me

As a surgeon who tested positive for susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia, the potential for my patient and team to experience a sudden MH crisis is never far from my mind.

Matthew Roberson

Matthew Roberson, MD


Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
ALL IN THE MH FAMILY It took orthopedic surgeon Matthew Roberson, MD, decades to learn that he lost his brother to MH — and with that knowledge, he helped protect his newborn son from a potential MH crisis.

I was a kid when I first learned about Will. He was the brother I never met. Will had been taken from my parents before I was born, when he was just 2 years old. One day, in 1966, he went into surgery. It was supposed to be routine: bilateral inguinal hernia repair. But he never came home. The doctors didn't have a solid explanation for what happened. Something went irreversibly wrong. It might have been a bad reaction to the anesthesia. They just didn't know for sure.

That lack of clarity made Will's sudden death even harder for my parents to process. They'd not only lost their baby boy, but they didn't even get an answer as to why. They'd finally get the beginnings of one, though. More than 2 decades later.

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