Russian surgeons and nurses ‘risk their lives’ to complete bypass surgery in the hospital

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Hero surgeons and nurses ‘risk their lives’ to complete complex heart bypass surgery as Russian hospital is engulfed in smoke and flames in inferno

  • Medics had just cut open the patient’s chest when a fire engulfed the hospital
  • But chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29, refused to evacuate his operating room
  • Instead, he said he needed them to save the patient. “What else are you doing?” he said
  • The operation was a ‘coronary artery bypass graft’, a complex heart operation
  • Medics used fans to keep smoke out of the operating room and used a power cord
  • The medical team was later praised by the local mayor for their heroism

Hero surgeons and nurses ‘took their lives’ in a burning hospital on Friday to perform ‘complex’ bypass surgery.

Medics had just cut open the male patient’s chest when an inferno engulfed a 114-year-old hospital in the southeastern Russian city of Blagoveschensk.

Chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29, refused to evacuate his operating room despite flames and smoke raging through the building.

‘We were afraid, of course. We’re humans, ”he said.

“We couldn’t leave, we had to save the patient … We continued with the operation, what else are you doing?”

He explained, “It was a coronary artery bypass graft, one of the most complex heart operations.”

Hero surgeons and nurses 'took their lives' in a burning hospital on Friday to complete 'complex' bypass surgery

Hero surgeons and nurses ‘took their lives’ in a burning hospital on Friday to complete ‘complex’ bypass surgery

Medics had just cut open the male patient's chest when an inferno engulfed a 114-year-old hospital in the southeastern Russian city of Blagoveschensk

Medics had just cut open the male patient's chest when an inferno engulfed a 114-year-old hospital in the southeastern Russian city of Blagoveschensk

Medics had just cut open the male patient’s chest when an inferno engulfed a 114-year-old hospital in the southeastern Russian city of Blagoveschensk

Chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29, refused to evacuate his operating room despite flames and smoke raging through the building

Chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29, refused to evacuate his operating room despite flames and smoke raging through the building

Chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29, refused to evacuate his operating room despite flames and smoke raging through the building

After the surgery was completed, the patient was evacuated and rushed to a nearby hospital

After the surgery was completed, the patient was evacuated and rushed to a nearby hospital

After the surgery was completed, the patient was evacuated and rushed to a nearby hospital

Medics used fans to keep smoke out of the operating room and used a power cord to power the suite.

Mayor Oleg Imameev praised the “ heroism ” of the surgical team for risking their lives and remaining at their post in the operating room of the Cardiology Center of the Amur State Medical Academy.

But Dr. Filatov said, ‘There was no decision about it. The operation just had to continue. We finished it all off. ‘

A team of eight doctors chose to stay in the hospital despite the fire to complete the heart surgery

A team of eight doctors chose to stay in the hospital despite the fire to complete the heart surgery

A team of eight doctors chose to stay in the hospital despite the fire to complete the heart surgery

Chief surgeon Filatov chose to continue the operation because he wanted to save the patient's life

Chief surgeon Filatov chose to continue the operation because he wanted to save the patient's life

Chief surgeon Filatov chose to continue the operation because he wanted to save the patient’s life

It took firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the fire at the 1907 Tsarist-era hospital built in 1907.

The ministry said 128 people were immediately evacuated from the hospital when the rooftop fire broke out.

No one was reported injured and the patient was rushed to a nearby hospital.

A total of 67 patients and dozens of employees were evacuated from the burning hospital by firefighters

Firefighters took more than two hours to extinguish the fire in the 1907 Tsarist-era hospital built in 1907

Firefighters took more than two hours to extinguish the fire in the 1907 Tsarist-era hospital built in 1907

Firefighters took more than two hours to extinguish the fire in the 1907 Tsarist-era hospital built in 1907

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