Posted on Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 | 28 comments| News tip by: Bracket
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In an incredible feat of courage and skill a surgeon in the 1960s removed his own appendix in Antarctica.
Leonid Rogozov was stationed in 1961 at a Russian base in Antarctica when he started to feel very ill and experienced excrutiating pain leading him to realise he was suffering from appendicitis. With only 12 men at the base and with him being the only physician he realised that his only chance to survive was to perform an operation on himself.
"Operating mostly by feeling around, Rogozov worked for an hour and 45 minutes, cutting himself open and removing the appendix."