Monday, August 06, 2007

The Churchill Series – Aug. 6, 2007

(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

This one is from the top of my head, but I’m sure of it. It’s our man.

In October, 1922 Churchill’s appendix had to be removed. In those days an appendectomy was a quite serious operation.

He came through the operation fine. As he began to regain consciousness, his first request was to see the newspapers.

A short while later his surgeon entered Churchill’s room to find his still groggy patient struggling to read a newspaper. He told Churchill he was to rest and ordered the papers removed.

A few hours later the surgeon returned to check on Churchill. He found him sleeping peacefully with four or five newspapers scatted about the bed and floor.