Addendum 8 February
To respond to questions as to what happened afterwards? Back then, morbidity and mortality review meetings essentially did not exist. To this day, I am not even sure that the consultant surgeon in charge even knew of this complication. The registrar went onto to become a consultant surgeon and I have had no contact with him since.
A week of so later after the event, I bumped into the consultant surgeon who had yelled at me over the phone. I took the diplomatic approach and apologised for calling him. He responded in a kind forgiving voice and and said to me "Well we all learn from our mistakes". As for the vascular surgeon, we became friends and I am forever grateful for his assistance. He was an example of how there are brilliant role models for human beings as surgeons out there and one who led by example.