Russian doctor continues open heart surgery despite burning building


They sure can take the heat.

A team of Russian doctors completed open heart surgery, even as flames consumed their hospital.

The eight doctors and nurses stayed to finish the procedure after a fire broke out on the roof of the clinic in the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk on Friday.

“There is nothing else we can do. We had to save the person, “surgeon Valentin Filatov told Russian network REN TV.

“We did everything at the highest level.”

Firefighters, who took more than two hours to put out the fire, said they used fans to keep the smoke out of the operating room and put in a power cord to keep it powered.

Eight doctors and nurses stayed to finish the procedure after a fire broke out on the roof of the clinic in the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk on Friday.
Eight doctors and nurses stayed to finish the procedure after a fire broke out on the roof of the clinic in the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk on Friday.
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The surgery also took about two hours to complete, before the patient was transferred to another hospital, the country’s Emergency Ministry said.

About 128 people were evacuated immediately after the fire started.

Firefighters fighting the fire in the hospital.
Firefighters said they used fans to keep smoke out of the operating room and put in a power cord to keep it powered.
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“The clinic was built more than a century ago, in 1907, and the fire spread like lightning through the wooden roofs of the roof,” the ministry said.

With cable poles

Firefighters, who took more than two hours to put out the fire, said they used fans to keep the smoke out of the operating room and put in a power cord to keep it powered.
It took firefighters more than two hours to put out the fire.
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