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Some patients ‘wake up’ during surgery
BBC News

More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report they have been conscious during surgery – despite being given general anaesthesia.

In the largest study of its kind, scientists suggest this happens in one in every 19,000 operations.

They found episodes were more likely when women were given general anaesthesia for Caesarean sections or patients were given certain drugs.

Experts say though rare, much more needs to be done to prevent such cases.