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[Yama fic] The First Life I Saved

Title: The First Life I Saved
Pairing:  Ichito Kurihara X Satoshi Ohno (friendship)
Rating: G
Genre: fluff, friendship
Summary: Ichito and Ohno were both medical students doing their practical trainings. They were stuck in the clinic one night because of stormy weather and encountered something they did not expect.

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“Looks like we are stuck here tonight.” A young man wearing a white coat took a look outside the window and then said to another young man wearing the same type of coat.

He couldn't see much with the heavy rain falling outside, pounding at the window at time. Strong winds had prevented anybody from walking a couple of steps forward without being forced a few steps backward. Streetlamps and hanging store signs were swinging back and forth threatening to fall down any minute. There is no way he could leave the building to go home, even though he lived only several blocks away.

“This typhoon is hitting us directly, but I didn't expect it to come so fast.” The second young man, who's putting away some medical equipments, replied to his friend and classmates.

Ichito Kurihara and Satoshi Ohno were both third-year medical students and very good friends. As part of the practical training portion of their studies they started doing internships in this small clinic a few months ago. In the beginning they were just doing assistant work like stitching up wounds or inserting catheters. Recently their mentor doctor, Fukagawa-sensei, had started to let them participate in diagnostic work, which made them all excited, feeling like a real doctor for the first time.

This night after their shifts were over, they could have gone home a while ago before the bad weather got worse. But since they were both single, they volunteered to wrap up and closed the clinic so that those who have family could go home sooner. However, before they could finish and leave, the severe weather has already hit and they could not go anywhere anymore.

“Come sit down, Ichito-kun” Ohno poured two cups of coffee and sat down by the little table at the kitchen area. “It's going to be a long night. This typhoon is really something. I'm glad we still have power to make some coffee and stay warm.”

His friend sat beside him and had a zip of the fresh brewed coffee. He looked around the empty clinic, it's cold and dull. He put his coffee closer to his nose hoping the scent of the coffee could cover the unpleasant chemical smell in the building. This is the smell I have to get used to for the rest of my life, he thought.

“I saw the other day that Fukagawa-sensei had to tell a patient his suspicion of a cancer diagnosis and referred him to see an oncologist. I don't know how he can do it. I mean, telling someone he's dying?” Ohno was not good at words. That might have been one of the reason he chose to study medicine, thinking he didn't have to talk much for being a doctor.

“I guess it's never easy. But it's part of the job. I try to think more of the lives we can save, that gives me more motivation.” Ichito had wanted to be a doctor ever since he was a little boy. He worked very hard to get to where he was. “I want to be proud of wearing this white coat.”

Coffee didn't seem to chase away Ohno's sleepiness and tireness. He made a big yawn and stretched his hands as far as he could. “Where can we sleep tonight? Don't tell me we have to sleep on the diagnostic table.” He looked around but couldn't find anything flat and big enough to sleep on other than those tables.

“You have better idea?” Ichita smiled. He didn't actually care that much.

Ohno shrugged. “I guess we just have to settle with that.”

Both were tired after a day's work. So they each picked an examination room and prepared to lie down.

Rain outside seemed to be pouring even harder. Winds had not died down a bit either. Even with their eyes closed, flashes of lightnings could still be noticed. If it were in movies, something horrible would likely to happen in these situations.

Booooommmmm, booooommmmm

A sudden loud thunder woke up an almost-asleep Ichito, but he's too tired of even opened his eyes. He just want to continue sleeping.

“Ichito-kun – ”

Ichito heard a loud cry which made him opened his eyes and sat up. With another lightning as flash, he could see Ohno standing by the door of the room, hands behind his back and a little tense on the face.

“Ha ha ha, forgot that our future Ohno-sensei is afraid of thunders.” Ichito couldn't help laughing. “Come on in then.”

“But – there's only one table here.”

“Well, we'll just sit and talk till the thunders die down, then. Go make more coffee.”

Just as the two were about to make coffee, they heard a bang on the clinic door which made them both jumped.

“Who could that be in this hour and in this weather?” Both looked at each other in disbelief, feeling goosebumps on their body. “May be we heard it wrong.”

Bang, bang, bang,….

They didn’t hear it wrong. There was banging sound at the door, but neither dare to go open it. They just froze on the spot.

“Anybody there? Can someone help me?”

They yelling came from the front door. Upon hearing the loud cry, they both rushed to open the door. To their surprise, they saw a young woman all soaking wet standing at the doorway, holding a seems-to-be unconscious dog in her arms. They didn’t know what to make of it, but their first instinct is to take her inside, away from the rain and wind.

“Please – help me – my dog – save him – ” She spoke in broken sentences, due to shortness of breathes, or possibly crying.

“Please calm down, you need to dry up first.” Ichito led her into an examination room where she put down the dog in her arms on the diagnostic table. Ohno brought some dry towels and handed over to the woman who started to dry herself and Ohno carefully dry the dog a bit.

Ichito took a closer look at the dog. It’s a black and white border collier, weighing about fifteen kilograms. It lied there semi-conscious, but breathings are heavy and irregular. The canine is clearly in distressed.

After the woman dried up a little, eyes still staring at her dog, started to speak.

“My name is Mari Shindou. My dog, Onsen, started to behavior weirdly this morning. He wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t drink and yet he vomited or tried to vomit. I saw only foamy mucous came out. He didn’t move much at all, just laying down and curling up. I got scared and wanted to take him to a vet, but all the nearby ones are closed. Then I drove by and saw light in your clinic. Please, save him, please. I shouldn’t have waited so long -- ” She almost started to cry.

Ichito didn’t know how to comfort her, but he knew they wouldn’t be able to help her or her dog. “I’m so sorry, Shindou-san, but I don’t think we can help you. This is not a vet clinic and we are not even doctors, yet. We don’t know how to treat your dog.”

“Please, is there anything you can do? He looked so discomfort. It’s killing me to see him like that.” Tears started falling down Shindou’s cheek.

“Ichito-kun, didn’t you own a dog before? May be you can try to see what’s wrong with it and make it feel more comfortable at least?” Ohno felt sorry for Shindou and her beloved pet. He remembered the look on the patient’s face when he saw Fukagawa-sensei told him about his terminal illness earlier, and his heart tightened up.

“Alright, let me take a look.” Ichito proceeded in examining the dog. He checked it’s eyes, vital signs and pressed around it’s body. When he got to his stomach, he frowned.

“I think it, Onsen, has a twisted stomach, Shindou-san. This is very common in dogs, caused by bloating of gas. It’s puts pressure on the other organs and diaphragm which makes it difficult for it to breathe. The air-filled stomach also compresses large veins in the abdomen, thus preventing blood from returning to the heart. Filled with air, the stomach can easily rotate on itself, thus pinching off its blood supply. Once this rotation occurs and the blood supply is cut off, the stomach begins to die and the entire blood supply is disrupted and conditions can begin to deteriorate very rapidly.” Ichito reluctantly revealed what this condition can lead to. “In short, this can be fatal.”

Shindou broke down upon hearing the diagnosis.

“That is serious! How can this be treated?” Ohno asked eagerly, as if he’s expecting that his friend has the answer.

“At this stage, I’m afraid the only treatment is emergency surgery to reposition the stomach to it’s correct place, and it needs to be done very soon.”

“But this storm doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, and it’s still a few hours before dawn. Onsen won’t be able to wait that long.” Ohno was anxious. Although he’s not exactly a dog lover, seeing the distressed dog lying there is still not something he’s prepared for.

“Do something, please. This is a clinic, right? There must be something that you can do.” Shindou pleaded in devastation.

“Let’s operate on him.” Ohno blurted.

“What?!” Ichito couldn’t believe what his friend just said. “Are you crazy? Do you know what you just said?”

“I know, I know. It may be crazy, but we can’t just sit here and watch it dies.” Ohno was known to make impromptu suggestions, but this one seemed overboard to Ichito.

“Will you? Oh please do. Please save him.” Shindou seemed to have felt a glimpse of hope.

Ichito pushed Ohno aside. He’s determined to object his friend’s proposal but didn’t want to do it in front of the already devastated Shindou and gave her false hope. “You’re crazy to even suggest that, you know. We are not veterinarians, we are not even doctors. How can we do operations?”

“You knew the condition so well and we have had our classes on surgical basics. I don’t think it should be that hard to do.” Ohno felt confident about it, in the most naïve way.

“It’s all theories that we know. We’ve never cut anyone open ourselves. What if something goes wrong?” Ichito still thought it’s a bad idea.

“Worst case is, Onsen dies. But if we don’t do anything, it will die anyway. Why can’t we make the last effort to save him?” Ohno tried to persuade his friend.

What Ohno said seemed to be true, but Ichito still had reservations. “We could get into a lot of trouble, you know.”

“No one has to know. They can leave before morning and we will clean up everything before anyone comes in.” Ohno sensed that Ichito was starting to sway from his original objection.

The rational side of Ichito knew that they shouldn’t be doing it, but the human side of him felt that it is the right thing to do. At least they need to give it a try and not just sat there watching the dog died. Whether it was courage, or foolishness, or passion, he suddenly perceived admiration for his friend and classmate.

“Are you sure you want us to do it?” Ichito wanted to make sure the owner of the dog knew all the facts about them and the situation. “We are only medical students, we are not doctors, and certainly not vets. We are not sure if we can save your dog even if we do operate.”

“I know, and don’t worry. I won’t hold you responsible for whatever happens. I’m just glad that at least there is some hope to save Onsen. Please, please, do whatever you need to do.” Shindou was delighted for even the slightest glimpse of hope to save her dog.

Ohno had already started to prepare for the operation, and Ichito reluctantly followed. In a weird way, they were somewhat excited to be able to apply what they learned to practical use. Their clinic does have pretty much everything they need for the operation, anesthesia, surgical equipments and such. They tried not to think about the consequences of their action, just concentrate on the hope to save this dog’s life.

When Ichito cut the dog opened, he’s relieved that it’s condition was indeed what he had suspected. The dog’s stomach was out of position and affecting other organs and blood supply. He carefully position it back to the correct place and at the same time released some of the gas to ease up the pressure. Ohno stitched up the wound afterward and both were relieved it went smoothly.

“The surgery went well. He’s resting now. If he wakes up by dawn he should be alright.” Ichito told Shindou, who was overjoyed. “But you’d have to leave immediately then, before anyone comes in. And you have to promise not to tell anyone about it. Or else we’ll be in big big trouble. You understand?”

“Oh thank you, thank you so much. I promise, I won’t tell a soul about tonight.” Shindou gave Ichito a hug, which surprised him, and then went on to stay beside her dog.

Ohno and Ichito could not rest yet. They’ve got to clean up everything before anyone came into the clinic the next morning.

“I don’t know how you talked me into doing it, Satoshi-kun, but it is nice to be able to do something for Onsen, for Shindou-san.” Ichito remembered the reason why he wanted to become a doctor all over again.

“Indeed.” Ohno smiled happily. “By the way, how do you know about this twisted stomach condition so well?”

Ichito sighed. “Actually my dog died of the same condition, and after that I did a lot of research on it. I saw programs on television talking about it and how to treat it in surgery. I just never thought I would be doing it myself.” The nervousness of doing the surgery did not surface till after the fact, and the fear of others finding out they performed operations without a license magnified. He could feel himself sweating.

By the time they finished cleaning up everything, it’s almost dawn. Onsen showed some signs of waking up. All three are relieved. The rain and wind had calmed down a bit, and Shindou left with Onsen, all happy.

“We save a life today.” Ohno said proudly and stretched his arms out of tiredness.

Ichito chuckled. He never thought the first life he saved was not a human being’s.

The two young men were exhausted, but both feel good about their accomplishment. They dropped on the first chair they found and fell asleep at no time.

Noises from other clinic staff coming in awaken them.

“You two were stuck here last night, weren’t you?” Fukagawa-sensei greeted them when he came in. “How was the night?”

The two looked at each other and giggled. “Very interesting.” was the response they gave. It’s a night they would never forget, for sure.

// The End


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Ohno meet Dr. Ichito<3
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Even Dr. Ichito can't say no to Ohno, LOL
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Nice fic to be written at this time :D

It's interesting that it's Ichito, and not the real!Sho who is used in this, because I doubt anyone wd trust someone who cd barely cut veggies without risking cutting his own fingers to become a doctor, let alone conduct a surgery on anything living and breathing.

It's so like Ohno to go against all regulations for what he believes in, and for him to be able to convince Ichito(which we can prolly call one of Sho's reincarnations, so that gives them the same 'weakness' against Ohno?) to do something that Ichito himself wasnt sure of.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
LOL on your comment about real!Sho's cutting skills. Reminds me of how he tried to remove the top part of the tomato in the HnA ep with Aoi-chan XD
It's so true ne, any version of Sho has the same 'weakness' when it comes to Ohno ~_@
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
yama pair always steals my heart.and so are your works.thank you
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yama is good at stealing our hearts, isn't it? XD
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
This is an interesting AU! One thing is still the same tho, Ohno still speaks with his instincts, while "Sho" trust his decision. I totally wanna see Ichito-sensei ♥ Thanks for writing!
Sep. 3rd, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Ohno does have his way to get to "Sho", no matter in what recarnation he's in, and "Sho" would put in his trust earnestly XD
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Ohno going against the regulations to help someone :D
while Ichito is reluctant but compliant to Ohno's determination XDD
thnx for sharing this :D
Sep. 3rd, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Ohno's willingness to help others is admirable, but it might get him into trouble sometimes XD
Ichito is more conservative, but then it could be a hurdle for him to take full advantage of his abilities either.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sep. 4th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Hehe, leave it to Ohno to blurt out, “Let’s operate on him.” There's no way Ichito can deny Ohno ;)

Very cute, thanks for sharing :D
Sep. 4th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Indeed LOL
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Sep. 9th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
thank you for sharing :)
this was really heartwarming.
i dont know about the movie, but it felt like i read the prequel.
Jul. 24th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, what an interesting combination! It was really nice reading their sentiments as future doctors, and seeing them in my head as they work together to save the dog's life. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming yama friendship fic. <3
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