He again looked at the face, that aquiline nose on the hollowed cheeks now seemed more prominent in sleep. He was somehow holding on to life with a failing heart, which needed an immediate transplant. Fortuitously, the hospital had even managed to get a donor's heart, but the hitch was his high temperature. Should he show ‘Normal’ in the records? He knew time was running out. He decided not to. He remembered the rule. “Ensure the patient’s parameters are all normal. Never rush with an operation,” Dr Vincent would tell his class. Next day Dr Vincent, his affable teacher, passed away.. V ijay Pant is a freelance writer living in India.