September 14th, 2017

Gunshot wound to thigh some femoral artery damage... help!

I have read all posts relative to this subject and am hoping at this point that someone can answer the few questions I have left. I've done extensive google searches and a lot of reading but I still feel confused about several items.

My main character is a police officer who is a strong, vibrant, and very athletic man. He is shot in the thigh while trying to protect a civilian informant, nicking (but not severing) his femoral artery and breaking (not shattering) his femur. The officer on the scene with him is able to apply a tourniquet and EMS has been standing by in advance of the incident (a drug sting) so are able to quickly get him to the hospital. The main focus of my plot is that 1.) he is, initially, in critical condition, but survives with a lot of luck and swift medical assistance 2.) his struggle to recover and be fully functional after this incident and 3.) and most importantly, the impact his injury and recovery has on his primary relationship.

My questions are: 1.) Is this scenario possible? I want him to be seriously, even critically injured (as experiencing this will powerfully effect his partner) but I don't want to write science fiction here. So, is a 'nick' to the femoral artery and a broken femur enough to cause severe (even critical) bleeding but still be repairable. 2.) I want him to have to work for full recovery (PT and such) but achieve it.. is THIS possible? 3.) I'm assuming three surgeries. To repair artery, to repair femur, and repair muscle damage... one after the other. Is this within the realm of the possible?

I'll be very grateful for any insight you can give me on this. Thanks so much in advance.
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Pacific Islanders Fleet Communication

In the movie Moana, she finds a drum on the deck of one of the canoes located in the cavern.  However I cannot find any drums on the decks of the canoes in any of the flash back scenes.

A google search confirmed that some of the people of the pacific had complcated drum codes that would be used during war to coordinate different units.  I can find nothing about them being used on the ocean going vessels.

From the construction they seem perfect for use on the sea.  They have no hide to be damaged by the salty water and the construstion allows the water to drain easily from the drum body.

I figure that fleets such as we saw in the movie Moana had to have some form of communication between vessels.  Some way to indicate a vessel was in trouble, report on supply levels, signal that a person was overboard, or if they got lost from the fleet, a way to make enough noise they would be found. 

I assume drums were used for the purpose of communicating across the fleet, does anyone have any idea if this was true?  If so did every vessel have a drum of one size or another or did they keep to small groups which would have at least one drum carrying vessel?

Thank you in advance.

Edit: I was asked to include the year.  I'm not entirely familiar with South Pacific history but I believe the timeframe the culture would best match that of the movie would be between 1700 and 1800.