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Friday, January 04, 2008

Oh yeah... the winner of the doll contest

Several people saw the title of my post from two days ago and thought I was finally going to announce the winner in the Feral Cheryl Mohamed doll contest.  Whoops.

The truth is there were many very qualified candidates and all of you brought excellent credentials to the table.  But in the end, one contestant had a small, though arguably unfair, edge over the competition;  He helped save the life of a close friend/neighbor.

The Feral Cheryl Mohamed doll was awarded at a formal ceremony this past week to the Sandman (also known as Quietus Leo), a blogging anesthesiologist here in Israel.  Sandman was on duty the day they brought in a young IDF officer named Elroi with a critical shrapnel wound to his head/neck. 

Long time readers will have read my frequent updates on his condition spanning the desperate early days when Elroi was not expected to live, much less wake up... to the small glimmer of hope when he was awake and starting to surprise the doctors with his determination to regain control of his paralyzed left side... to his reteaching himself to walk and rejoin the world as a normal, walking and talking everyday hero.

Sandman happened to stumble across my site and recognized my description of Elroi as a patient he had worked on.  He contacted me and told me that he was delighted to hear of Elroi's progress... especially as he rarely got to hear follow up information on the cases that came through the operating rooms where he worked.

Emails were exchanged... cups of coffee were promised... and lots of time passed.  Yet Sandman and I never managed to get together.  But when he threw his name in the hat for the doll contest I knew in my heart that he was going to be the winner.  As I said above... not fair, but here it is.

So, as Sandman blogs anonymously, I've asked Zahava to do a 'witness protection program' job on his face in this picture from the award ceremony. 

Ok, it wasn't exactly a formal ceremony... it was just my finally getting around to saying thank you by buying a hard-working doc a well-deserved cup of coffee.

Oh yeah, and if you aren't reading him... you should be.

Posted by David Bogner on January 4, 2008 | Permalink


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Sigh. Of course he deserves it. So I'll get my husband something else for his birthday. Maybe a cute pocketbook like the doctor is wearing, that is carried so well by Israeli men.

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: Baila | Jan 4, 2008 1:26:18 PM

"It's a European carry-all" (Jerry Seifeld - don't remember what season)
I can't take all the credit for Elroi's recovery, there were surgeons,and of course the long rehabilitation at a specialized center. So in the name of the medical profession, I thank you.
Mohammed created quite a sensation with my daughter and her friend. It also created a sensation (of another kind) with my wife and the friend's mother. The last I saw Mohammed my wife was making disgusted faces at it.
Trepp, I think the joke is on me. Mohammed is definitely the nastiest doll I've ever seen. Don't worry, though, I just might have something for you ;-P

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Jan 4, 2008 3:41:35 PM

Oh sure. Give it to the guy who saves lives. What's he going to do for her hair issues, huh?!

: )

Posted by: Alice | Jan 4, 2008 4:09:04 PM

Manpurse. Heh. I've got 3 now.

"Sandman." Perfect cover name. Nice bloggist too. Thanks for the steer, Trep.

Sandman: you touched it last! You touched it last! Now she's your responsibility.

Congrats to all us other entrants who didn't win. Remember, folks: we're ALL winners here at Treppenwitz!

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jan 4, 2008 4:24:48 PM

Sandman- nice job.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 4, 2008 7:02:58 PM

Alice: despite the makeover you might notice I have my own hair issues.
WryMouth: Carry-all, Carry-all durn it! ;-P
Trepp: I forgot to thank you for the coffee, so, thanks for the coffee. (Sheesh, you got my sitemeter all up in arms.)

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Jan 4, 2008 9:36:32 PM

Aw... no doll... even a nasty doll would be fun to have.... but the Sandman's site is great, so thanks for the link! It's a nice consolation prize. :) Anyway congrats Sandman! Any thoughts of making lil Muhammad an assistant for when you go to work? Good luck charm to cheer up the patients and all that? (Tho considering what she's named, maybe not.)

Posted by: Chantyshira | Jan 5, 2008 8:18:44 AM

Baila.. That's a man purse. ;-)

QuietusLeo... Stop being so modest. And you can't blame me for the doll, I was brutally honest about her.

Alice... I think I'd rather not know the answer to that question. :-)

Wry Mouth... Don't thank me... I'm a giver.

QuietusLeo... You're welcome. And as for the traffic, that is the coin of the realm.

Chantyshira... Considering that his patients are probably evenly split between Jews and Muslims, maybe he should leave the doll home. Thanks for being a good sport. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 6, 2008 3:48:58 PM

Congrats to the much deserved winner. Thanks for doing what you do.

Posted by: Alice | Jan 7, 2008 8:44:34 PM

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