"MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL-WHO'S THE FAIREST TWIN OF ALL??Gemma Cardano's face has been horribly damaged in a construction accident.Ben Halsey, top plastic surgeon at St. Joe's Hospital in Vancouver, will need all his renowned skills to reconstruct what had been a beautiful face.Instead of the usual computer generated template of Gemma's face before the accident, Ben learns he can use Gemma's identical twin, Sera, as a model for the reconstruction.Ben is a love 'em and leave 'em sort of guy, but Sera gets past all his defences. Trouble is, Gemma has fallen for him as well. And she's determined to have him, no matter how many lives she wrecks in the process.Excerpt:"Twenty-nine-year-old female with multiple facial fractures, unstable zygomatic process, fractured nose, fractured mandible. Pupillary response sluggish. Airways clear. We did a C-spine precaution. That was fine. Patient is conscious."Ben listened intently, his attention centered on the slender figure on the gurney. What Joanne was describing was an injury so severe it could be fatal, the dreaded Lafort three, which meant that the en-tire bone structure of the face-nose, cheekbones and jaw-was unsteady. Breathing was often jeopardized; loss of vision was a very real possibility if the bones that surrounded the eyes, called the floor of the orbit, were involved. There was a danger of total loss of the olfactory sense and a compromised ability to chew, swallow and talk.His adrenaline surged anew and anticipation filled him. This was exactly the sort of case he found most fulfilling. Ben leaned over the figure on the gurney."Gemma, I'm Dr. Ben Halsey, a reconstructive surgeon. I'm just having a look at you." He spoke calmly, doing his own fast but thorough assessment of the injuries, moving aside gauze to reveal a nasty gash on the right side of the face where the edge of the board had struck.She was making an agonizing sound that emanated from somewhere deep in her chest. Her curly golden brown hair was long and wild; the nurses had secured it away from her face with a length of gauze. Her eyes were already swollen shut, ringed by the distinctive "raccoon eye" blackening, a result of her fractured nose, and the rest of her face was also beginning to swell. Such extensive facial injuries were profoundly shocking to relatives because the patient was virtually unrecognizable."-- Provided by publisher.
[Place of publication not identified] : Bobby Hutchinson, 2013
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