Some scary shit:

For every drowned and pulseless child rescued by intensive care, there are many more who don't make it+++and not just because their bodies are too far gone. Machines break down; a team can't get moving fast enough; a simple step is forgotten. Such cases don't get written up in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, but they are the norm. Intensive-care medicine has become the art of managing extreme complexity+++and a test of whether such complexity can, in fact, be humanly mastered.

-- The Checklist

Read the whole article to get the context (i.e. the heroic work involved in saving that girl's life). It's a great read.