His earliest memory was lying on a hospital bed in a darkened room being put to sleep with gas. He remembered a suffocating sensation, having a rubber mask fitted to his face, a strange-funny odour, feeling himself smile, laughing, drifting into contented, dreamless sleep. Except that he was conscious when the surgeon made the incision.
Georgie was horrified, ‘They cut you there while you were wide awake?’ she felt his head rub her breast, ‘That must’ve hurt. What did you do?’