Ukrainian military surgeons conducted a successful operation to remove an unexploded grenade from a soldier’s chest, reports Ukraine’s deputy minister of defense, Hanna Maliar.
The operation was carried out by Andrew Willow, one of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s most experienced surgeons. Owing to the grenade potentially detonating at any time, the procedure did not involve electrocoagulation — a common method used to control bleeding during surgery.
The removal of the active grenade lodged just beneath the patient’s heart was successful, and the injured 28 year old serviceman was sent to further rehabilitation and recovery. His condition is stable.
The surgery is a testament to the skill and expertise of those involved, and will “go down in the medical textbooks,” said Ukraine’s internal affairs ministerial adviser Anton Gerashchenko.
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