On November 5, 1960, a group of Soviet explorers embarked on a South Antarctica construction of scientific research stations, and 27 year old Leningrad surgeons Rogozov then is one of them. After a rough 36 days at sea, they arrived at the destination.. Built in the Antarctic inland oasis base after Maher Schorr, they began to wait for the winter home. However, in April 29, 1961, Rogozov suddenly felt abdominal pain, he felt himself may have appendicitis.
But due to the storm raging, and return home by plane treatment is impossible, and his condition won’t allow him to take a boat to return. At the same time, he also faced another problem: he is the only doctor in the new base. If left unchecked, the appendix will be broken, he would die. On April 30, his temperature soared, vomiting, stomach igneous burn like pain, illness is more and more serious, he decided to implement their own appendectomy.
It is reported that he assigned team members to build up a temporary operation room, will all things in his room to move out, leaving only his bed, two tables and a lamp. Another member is responsible for fix the light position, give him in the operation process of delivery operation of equipment, and use the mirror in front of his abdomen so he at the time of surgery can see their own operations. There is also a reserve member waiting to standby to replace the member who has nausea during the operation.. He also taught his team how to inject the drug, and how to perform artificial ventilation to prevent him from losing consciousness in the operation.
At 2 am, he gave his abdominal wall local anesthesia – this is the only way he can relieve the pain. 15 minutes later, he made a 10 to 12 cm incision, the operation was officially started. According to a report in the British Medical Journal, the procedure, he always keep calm sweat, but still kept slipping down his cheeks, and he had to from time to time to let him that have dizziness, close to fainting teammates for him to wipe the sweat. He almost didn’t have a mirror, mainly relying on the feeling of surgery. But after 40 minutes, he began to feel weak and dizzy, need a short rest.
4 days after taking antibiotics, his condition improved rapidly. 5 days after the normal temperature returned to normal. After a week he went to the removal of the needle, within two weeks of the body almost completely restored to normal. A year later, the team left Antarctica, on May 29, 1962 at port Lenin ziegler. On the second day, Mr. Rogozov began his work in the clinic.. It is said that Mr. Rogozov has refused to accept any recognition of his operation in Antarctica.