Science has evolved considerably over the years. The fight against cancer, research into all types of diseases or innovation and investment to improve our lives is of important relevance, as it increases our life expectancy and, above all, allows us find solutions to critical health situations. Health workers and scientists are essential in our daily lives, and even among themselves. As is the case of Leonid Rózogov, a surgeon who had to undergo surgery for appendicitis, because he was alone in Antarctica and it was a matter of life or death.
The story goes back to an expedition in 1960. Rógozov, A Russian doctor, at the age of twenty-six, he was assigned to the Soviet Antarctic Expedition as a surgeon, a mission that would last just over a year. One day, finding himself at the Novolázarevskaya base on the frozen continent, began to feel symptoms of weakness, fever and nausea. Pain that was intensifying as the days went by, although she had been trying to calm it with a large amount of drugs that were not enough.
Leonid Rózogov, the Russian surgeon who had to operate on himself to survive appendicitis in Antarctica
His health condition was getting worse, and I couldn’t go to any hospital because the base was very far from any town.. They also did not have planes available and The weather conditions were not favorable. On the other hand, The companions on the team that made up the expedition had no medical training.AC. Everything against, so He only had one option left: self-surgery.
When operating on himself, he had to forget about using general anesthesia. He explained step by step to his colleagues what they had to do in case he lost consciousness while undergoing surgery, as well as how they should wash the surgical material, and To perform the surgery, he used a mirror in which he looked to do the operation in perfect conditions.
The operation, carried out at the same base, had minor setbacks, but He managed to remove his appendix, solving the problem of appendicitis that he suffered and preventing it from turning into peritonitis. -something that would have affected the abdominal cavity and could have caused death. After injecting herself with antibiotics during surgery, she fainted, although she woke up a few hours later.
The Russian surgeon spent five days with fever, andtAfter two weeks of convalescence he resumed his activities on the mission, ensuring that the Soviet expedition continued on its course.
This story is unprecedented and amazes anyone who hears it. Since then, many doctors, scientists or experts who have to carry out an expedition in Antarctica decide to go to the hospital beforehand to remove the appendix and avoid having to go through the same situation.
Although it was not the only case of self-surgery in history. According to research, There were three other cases: Jerri Lin Nielsenan American doctor who in 1998 had to undergo a mastectomy to fight breast cancer, also in Antarctica; Evan O’Neil Kanewho performed a self-amputation of two fingers that became infected and a self-appendectomy in 1921, and Deborah Sampsonan American woman who posed as a man to participate in the war in 1782 and, after receiving two projectile hits in the leg, had to use a razor to try to remove them (she only managed to remove one).