Bubley was living at the hospital as part of a commission to document life in Pittsburgh when she happened upon – and recorded – this dramatic event. Patricia Clark, age 3, was brought to the hospital unable to breathe; an acute infection had closed her throat. The medical team inserted a tube into her throat. This emergency surgery, performed in the hallway without anesthesia and sterile masks and gloves, saved the child’s life.
Bubley stamp and MOMA stamp