Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

Categories: Health and Medicine | History

Usually, when researchers go on long journeys, a doctor is with them to provide assistance if necessary. So, one of the participants of the Antarctic expedition in 1961 suddenly had a stomach ache on the right side, the temperature rose and vomiting appeared. There was no doubt, it was appendicitis. But ironically, the patient turned out to be a surgeon, who usually monitored the health of his wards. He found the only way out of this situation — he operated on himself.

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

On the evening of April 29, Leonid Ivanovich Rogozov, a surgeon who was on an Antarctic expedition, discovered all the signs of appendicitis. He tried to remove the pain symptoms by resting, antibiotics, applying cold, but nothing helped. The bad weather played out made it impossible to transport him to the right station "Novolazarevskaya". Without much hesitation, Leonid made a strong-willed decision: to operate on himself.

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

His assistants were a meteorologist, a mechanic and a station chief who had no idea about operations. Leonid Rogozov quickly instructed each of them and even tried to cheer up his comrades, whose eyes were round with horror.

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

Leonid Rogozov after the operation at the Novolazarevskaya station with his friend Yuri Vereshchagin.

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

Pictures of Leonid Rogozov after returning from the expedition.

Incredible fortitude and courage: how a Russian doctor operated on himself

A newspaper clipping about Rogozov's feat.

Keywords: Doctors | Spirit | Operation | Courage | Surgery

Recent articles

Bunny girls: the journalist worked as a Playboy bunny in the club and she liked it
Bunny girls: the journalist worked as a Playboy bunny in the ...

Girls with cute ears from the covers of Playboy magazine are a sample of seduction and sexuality. Playful costumes, charming smiles ...

What do roadside strip clubs look like in the States
What do roadside strip clubs look like in the States

Photographer Francois Prost took pictures of roadside strip clubs during a trip from Miami to Los Angeles from March to April 2019. ...

Eunuchs of the Sultan's court: a brilliant career in exchange for male happiness
Eunuchs of the Sultan's court: a brilliant career in exchange ...

In the Middle Ages, in the countries of the East, a slave, having demonstrated wisdom and loyalty to the ruler, could become one of ...

Related articles

Disfigured love: a pit bull bit off a girl's nose, but she forgave him and continues to cuddle with dogs
Disfigured love: a pit bull bit off a girl's nose, but she ...

We forgive our beloved pets for small pranks, but Gabrielle Myers from Indiana has a really big heart, because she forgave a ...

A girl with realistic zombie makeup misled doctors
A girl with realistic zombie makeup misled doctors

Professional dancer Jay Firs from Detroit, USA — creative personality. In addition to the fact that the girl performs in a ...

Australian veterinary students stripped to fight suicide
Australian veterinary students stripped to fight suicide

Third and fourth year students of the Sydney School of Veterinarians undressed for a photo shoot that will decorate the charity ...