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Russian doctors complete open-heart surgery amid hospital fire

Russian doctors complete open-heart surgery amid hospital fire

Russian doctors successfully performed cardiac surgery under extreme circumstances

Surgeons in Russia successfully performed an open-heart surgery despite the outbreak of a major fire at the hospital in the Far East city of Blagoveschensk.

The team of eight surgeons, who had already started operating on their patient, remained in the first-floor operating room to complete the procedure as it couldn’t be halted early, the city’s mayor said.

The fire hit the cardiological hospital on Friday morning, sweeping through an area of 1,600 square meters. 

Firefighters who took more than two hours to put out the blaze said they used fans to keep smoke out of the operating room and ran in a power cable to keep it supplied with electricity.

The fire was contained with the help of 59 firefighters and 28 pieces of equipment, the regional Emergency Situations Ministry told TASS news agency.

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