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Russian missile plunges child’s heart surgery into darkness in viral video

A viral video shared by a Ukrainian journalist on Twitter shows a team of surgeons continuing a child’s heart operation in Kyiv after a Russian missile plunged the operating room into darkness.

Russian forces have increasingly targeted Ukraine’s power grid with missile attacks, as politicians in Moscow previously told Russian state television they support shutting down Ukrainian energy, leading to starvation and the freezing of Ukrainians. The missiles exploded near energy installations, damaging infrastructure. On Wednesday, Kyiv came under attack that left six dead, 30 injured and destroyed critical infrastructure. The attacks damaged Kyiv’s power supply and left many residents and organizations without power.

The attack caused a power outage at a hospital in Kyiv as a child underwent heart surgery. A video depicts a team of surgeons continuing the operation with limited light. Besides the glow of the surgeons’ headlamps, darkness covers the operating room. The overhead light typically seen in operating theaters is not powered.

Ukrainian surgeons operate on a wounded soldier in the abdomen at a hospital where soldiers are treated, on October 6, 2022, in Donetsk district, Ukraine. A Russian missile plunged a Ukrainian hospital into darkness on Wednesday as a child underwent heart surgery.
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“Heart surgery in Kyiv. A child is operated on and the electricity is cut off due to a Russian missile attack,” tweeted Kyiv freelance journalist Illia Ponomarenko. “The surgeons continue with their batteries and generators.”

The video is nearly two minutes long and has been viewed almost 350,000 times. It has been retweeted nearly 20,000 times.

The doctors apparently speak Russian in the video, and a Twitter user responded to Ponomarenko’s tweet with a version of the video which included English subtitles.

“That’s how we do heart surgery today,” the video shooter said as he filmed surgeons in the operating room, adding that the surgery involves cardiopulmonary bypass, which the team hoped would be powered by a generator. . The child is undergoing surgery to replace two heart valves.

During the video, the person filming asks another doctor if everything is stable. When the doctor confirms, the video shooter urges the staff to “try to finish sooner”.

“No one knows what happened, but the OR completely shut down,” the person taking the video said.

“So Russians, rejoice,” he added sarcastically at the end of the video. “Today is a child on the operating table. And the power was completely lost in the middle of the surgery. Good job. Very human people.”

Hundreds of Twitter users responded to the video, many hailing the surgeons as heroes.

After the attacks, the Kyiv Independent tweeted that electricity for Kyiv residents would be reduced to two to three hours a day until power was fully restored.

“[DTEK Executive Director Dmytro] Saharuk said electricity has been restored to around 30% of the city’s residents,” The Kyiv Independent said. tweeted Thursday evening.


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