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Things I didn’t think were possible: auto-appendectomy

Posted in Uncategorized by oliverhulland on January 13, 2010

Leonid Rogozov’s story is a testament to humanity’s ability to survive. The Russian doctor, feverish with appendicitis, decided to perform the appendectomy on himself at an Antarctic Russian base cut off from the rest of the world because of the extreme weather during the Polar winter. Next time I feel like complaining about work I am going to remind myself that at least I don’t have to cut myself open and remove an enlarged and totally useless organ during a blizzard on the most inhospitable continent in the middle of 6 months of complete darkness.

A highlight from one of the Russian’s who stood by and watched:

When Rogozov had made the incision and was manipulating his own innards as he removed the appendix, his intestine gurgled, which was highly unpleasant for us.

Yeesh.

Read the whole story here.

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