Ukrainian surgeons operate on child in darkness after missile strikes


Dramatic video shows a team of Ukrainian surgeons performing heart surgery on a child in a dark Kyiv hospital after Russian missiles knocked out power in the capital.

“Heart surgery in Kyiv. A child is operated on and the electricity is cut off due to a Russian missile attack,” said Illia Ponomarenko, a freelance journalist from Kyiv. posted on Twitter Wednesday alongside images.

“The surgeons continue with their batteries and generators,” he added.

The nearly 2-minute clip had received nearly 375,000 views by early Friday afternoon.

“That’s how we do heart surgery today,” the person who filmed the video said, adding that the operation involves cardiopulmonary bypass to replace two heart valves, Newsweek reported.

“That’s how we do heart surgery today,” says one person who shot the viral video of doctors using battery-powered lights.
Doctors in Kyiv use battery-operated lamps to operate on a child
“Good job. Very human people,” the person said in a sarcastic comment to Russia.

“Nobody knows what happened, but the operating room completely shut down,” the man said, telling the Russians to “joke up,” sarcastically.

“Today is a child on the operating table. And the power was completely lost in the middle of the operation. Good work. Very human people,” he said.

Russia fired some 70 missiles at Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, causing the country’s nuclear power plants to be disconnected from the power grid for the first time in 40 years.

At least 10 people were killed in the dam.

On Thursday, residents of Kyiv searched for electricity, heat and drinking water, with some people resorting to water bottles under drainpipes to collect rainwater to drink.

Nearly half of the city’s residents were still without power on Friday, AFP reported.



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