A 10-year-old boy who underwent quadruple amputation for Waterhouse-Friderichsen's syndrome attempted suicide. The attempt followed a 48-hour period immediately after surgical removal of his last remaining extremity. The failure of attending and house staff to visit and reassure the boy during this time was a direct manifestation of continuous interservice discord concerning the amputations.
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