The pale, very sick girl in the emergency department

An excerpt from A Mistake: A Novel.

“Hello there,” Elizabeth said, leaning over the girl, smiling. “Hello. Hello Lisa.”

The girl looked up at her accusingly.

“My name is Elizabeth Taylor. Please call me Liz. I’m the consultant surgeon, and this is my registrar, Richard Whitehead.”

Elizabeth smiled wider for her.

“How are you …

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