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A Piece of My Mind
April 28, 2004

The Scar

JAMA. 2004;291(16):1941-1942. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1941

Rubens saw it at the last moment, end over end, rotating in slow motion.

The puck looked harmless as it deflected off his glove. But it hit him full in the face above his eye. He felt a sharp, bright pain. He took off his glove and his fingers went into the open space. Blood spilled down his face. He had trouble seeing from his left eye.

His teammates skated to him and told him to stand still.

A few seconds later the buzzer sounded. Rubens cupped his hand to his eye. The blood dripped through his fingers. He pressed hard to stem the bleeding.

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