Casualty by Peter Viney

Casualty by Peter Viney

Gail is a nurse in the casualty department. A man has been severely injured in a car crash. His face is unrecognizable, but there is information that he’s a famous rock star Alex Hayle. The singer is supposed to be on concert tour worth10 million pounds. But instead of it he’s in a coma and the doctors say his condition is serious. Gail is surprised by the strange behaviour of his manager Clarence Tucker. He doesn’t allow the doctors to speak to the media about Alex’s health. Then he even lies to the TV reporters that the singer is feeling much better and will perform soon. Despite the doctor’s advice, Tucker decides to move Alex to a private hospital. In a few months, there is shocking news – Alex Hayle is ready to perform but with a new face, as he’s had a plastic surgery. But is it really the same singer that was in a coma only several months ago? Gail is determined to find out the truth.

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Casualty by Peter Viney

‘Gail, you must have a rest. Go and have a coffee.’

Gail looked round. Dr Kennedy was standing behind her. She looked down at the man in the bed.

‘He’s OK,’ said Dr Kennedy. ‘I’m here now. Go on, you’re tired.’

Gail smiled. ‘Are you sure?’ she said.

‘You’ve been here for five hours. You can’t work all night! Come back in twenty minutes.’

‘But it’s Saturday night. We’re always very busy on Saturdays…’

‘Go on!’ said the doctor.

Gail looked at him. He was tired, too. Saturday was always busy in the casualty department. There were road accidents, fights, and all the other emergencies.

‘All right,’ she said. ‘I’m going.’

She walked to the coffee machine, and bought a cup of coffee. Then she went to the small office for nurses, and sat down. The coffee wasn’t very good. She didn’t like coffee from machines. Gail took a newspaper from the desk, and opened it. She looked at one or two stories. They weren’t very interesting. Then she stopped. There was a big picture of Alex Hayle on the page. She liked his new record… What was it?… Ah, yes, Midnight Party. She read the story.

Casualty by Peter Viney

New Face in Midhurst – Concert Tonight

Alex Hayle is singing in Midhurst tonight! Alex was the singer in the rock group New Face until last year. New Face had six Top Ten hits in Britain, and they have sold over twenty million records in the United States. Alex left the group for a solo career in September. Since then he has had three number one records, and he is the biggest star of the year. He is twenty-three. His concert is at the Midhurst United football stadium at 9 o’clock.

Gail looked at her watch. The concert finished at midnight. It was half past twelve now. It was Sunday morning. Gail looked at the next page. Suddenly she heard the bell. There was an emergency!

She hurried back into the casualty department. Dr Kennedy was running towards the door.

‘An ambulance is arriving. There’s been a car crash!’ he shouted. ‘Come on!’…

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