A Heartwarming Holiday LICH Story

jsw_english_patient_2009-2Visiting Brooklyn proved a bit more exciting than planned for a British teen and his dad (shown above with Dr. Caitlin Jones of Long Island College Hospital), who were forced to extend their holiday stay here when the lad developed an abscess the size of a golf ball in his throat, and was taken to LICH for emergency surgery. After the ordeal, the homesick pair were treated to dinner by the Atlantic Chip Shop. In LICH’s words:

Keaton Bishop, a 17-year old British teen “on holiday” with his family, expected to do the things all first-time visitors to New York do – sightsee, shop and take in a Broadway show or two. Instead of returning to college and his South Yorkshire home before Christmas, however, Keaton and his dad, Paul, experienced something else entirely: Brooklyn emergency medical care – and hospitality.

What began as a sore throat rapidly developed into a severely infected abscess of the tonsil, a condition known as peritonsillar abscess. It nearly suffocated the teen, who was brought to Long Island College Hospital (LICH) fighting for his life. Caitlin Jones, MD, assistant director of the Emergency Department, rapidly diagnosed Keaton’s condition, called for an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) and raced him to the Operating Room for emergency surgery. “We had Keaton from the ER to the OR in less than 30 minutes,” says Dr. Jones. Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, operated on Keaton. “The abscess was the size of a golf ball,” he noted. David Fishman, MD, the anesthesiologist who performed an extremely complicated intubation, was also critical in saving Keaton’s life.

Unable to travel home due to the risk of post-surgical bleeding, Keaton and his father remained in Brooklyn over the holiday. A joking reference to having their Christmas dinner at Brooklyn’s English-style Chip Shop restaurant led to a genuine invitation from Christopher Sell, the owner, who generously gave the Bishops a little taste of home.

A few interesting – and colorful – coincidences: Keaton is from Dorcaster, Yorkshire, home of William Bradford, one of the leaders of the Puritans who sailed to America aboard the Mayflower and served as a governor of the Plymouth Colony. Additionally, Keaton’s throat abscess, also known as quinsy, was the condition which led to the death of our first president, George Washington – who fought the British at the Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn. The August, 1776 clash was the first major battle of the Revolutionary War following the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Of course, all is long forgiven between our two countries who now enjoy a “special relationship.” Keaton and Paul Bishop returned home after the New Year, declaring Brooklyn to have been the best place to be – under the circumstances.

Keaton and Paul Bishop enjoy a Chip Shop dinner with John Dunham (right) and guest.

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  • Publius

    Nice story.

  • AAR

    Claude – thanks so great to hear a positive LICH story midst all the woes our hospital has experienced recently.

  • Arch Stanton

    Woe has been synonymous with LICH for as long as I can remember, however, I will no longer complain after; I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with Coney Island Hospital… that place is synonymous with what one would expect in some third world country…

  • nabeguy

    Great story Claude. LICH would probably lose some of its bad rep if they used the Chip Shop as its waiting room.

  • Publius

    @Nabeguy. LICH might even lose some of their patients, after waiting room clients would consume some deep fried pizza slices and Mars bars. Delicious, but will kill a man as surely as the sword.

  • WillowtownCop

    Why do people feel the need to put their private medical business on the internet?

  • Andrew Porter

    Deep fried pizza and Mars bars aren’t on the Chip Shop’s menu, AFAIK, but they do have some very nice dishes there. They’re also licensed, which means they have a well-stocked bar.

    My cancer was diagnosed at LICH just over 3 years ago and initial testing was there, but I chose to go elsewhere—Memorial Sloan Kettering—for the actual treatment. The food at MSK is better, too.

  • Publius


    Deep friend pizza and deep fried Mars bars used to be on the menu. But I haven’t been there in a while.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/theyardie/298366254/ David

    Shut your faces! An English lad will fry anything in exchange for a pint and a cigarette. Why do you think they all sound so funny? Wake up!

  • StephM

    What a great Christmas stroy.

  • Cranky

    Ha, just wait till they get the bill. Bet they won’t feel so great about it then. IIRC the UK has free medical care via the National Health Service….

  • nabeguy

    Interesting point, cranky. I wonder what would happen if the situation was reversed and a New Yorker had the same experience in the UK. Where would they go for a quintessential American meal in London?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    nabeguy: Well, there’s the original Hard Rock Cafe, evidently still going strong. For Jewish Americans, there’s a plentiful selection of Chinese restaurants.

  • http://limestonefinancial.blogspot.com/ StephM

    Man, there are a lot of cynics on here, eh? lol

  • nabeguy

    Just as I thought Claude. Sounds like a good opportunity to move to London and open a Mac-N-Cheese shop (with a Spam stand next door)

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    OK, I couldn’t let that fat pitch go by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

  • nabeguy

    See what I mean Claude? There’s already a built-in market for the stuff. In fact, you could build the M&C shop OUT of Spam!

  • Cranky

    nabeguy, I guess they probably won’t like the bill but since it beats the alternative….Just saying it will probably come as a bit of a shock.

  • nabeguy

    When he get’s the bill, he’ll probably end up in the ER again…but this time, it’ll be free.