Channel Seven’s new factual series, Last Chance Surgery, will be tough viewing when it premieres on Tuesday night.
Narrated by Dr. Kerryn Phillips, it features two young patients in life-threatening surgeries.
One young patient is told the operation she faces holds a 100% risk of something going wrong, and a 15-20% risk it could be devastating. But she already has a brain tumour that is killing her.
Another young man could be paralysed if the slightest error goes wrong with his operation.
According to today’s Sunday Telegraph, Dr. Phelps confirms that across the series some patients will die.
“It’s warts and all – if there’s a bad outcome, if there’s a catastrophic outcome, if something goes wrong in surgery, you see it,” she said.
“The sorts of procedures that these people are facing … you don’t undergo that, unless you have no other option. Literally, the surgery is their last chance.”
The show is a tough watch for any viewer with heavy decisions, and confronting surgeries filmed in all their glory. It airs 8pm Tuesday on Seven.