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Irene Mincine

Medical Excursion

The starbase’s chief cyberneticist, Dr. Michael Bradley, sat at his computer in his office. Lt. Carillon had visited earlier reporting problems with her prosthetic arm and eye. Common issues given the stress of space travel and Starfleet service on the human body, so he ran the standard set of tests that he always ran, and then he ran some more.

He went over the results of all of the tests he ran. Val had seemed impatient by the third hour of testing, but the data he was getting didn’t really make sense. The arm and eye themselves were working properly. They were both standard models from 10 years or so ago, with replacement spans of 20 years. The problem seemed to be in the input signals they were getting, so it was with her implants connecting them to her nerves, not the prosthetics themselves.

The scanning and diagnostic equipment on the starbase was much more sophisticated than that on the Excalibur and much more sensitive. The conclusion Dr. Bradley came to was that Val seemed to contain a jumble of different sets of implants. Nearly all were standard Starfleet issue, but the configuration was unusual. Common sense told Dr. Bradley that you don’t mix different sets of neural implants. It was dangerous and wore out components at an accelerated rate. 

Additionally, there was one implant that he couldn’t recognize. It seemed to be hooked into everything. The identification number it contained didn’t match anything in the Starfleet medical database, but Val’s medical file didn’t report anything happening to her outside of Starfleet sickbays. No Starfleet doctor would have implanted a mix like this, but they seemed to be working properly until recently.

As far as he could tell, the problem was that the configuration was stressing the implants in ways they weren’t meant to be. They had a 20 year lifespan, like the prosthetics, but they were starting to fail prematurely. This could be treated for a while with neural stabilizer treatments, but eventually he’d have to figure out how to re-create the original configuration, and figure out what the unusual core implant was doing…

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