Moscow (Reuters)-On Friday, Russian doctors stayed behind in a burning Tsarist-era hospital in the Far East of the country and performed open-heart surgery after a fire broke out on the roof.
Firefighters spent more than two hours extinguishing the fire in Blagoveshchensk. They said they used fans to keep the smoke out of the operating room and supplied electricity through cables.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations said a team of eight doctors and nurses completed the operation within two hours and then transferred the patient to another location.
“There is nothing we can do. We have to save the man. REN TV quoted surgeon Valentin Filatov as saying. He said this was a heart bypass operation.
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The Ministry of Health said: “The clinic was built more than a century ago in 1907. The fire spread like lightning through the wooden ceiling of the roof.”
No one was injured.
“Bow to the medical staff and firefighters,” said local district governor Vasiliy Orlov.
Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson