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MD in Congo amputates via text message

Discussion in 'Africa and Middle East' started by flyingbridge, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. flyingbridge

    flyingbridge Member
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    Believe it! Story at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5276983.ece

    'A doctor volunteering in war-torn Congo performed a complex amputation to save a boy’s life by following instructions sent by text message from a colleague in London.

    David Nott, 52, a vascular surgeon, was working for a Medicins Sans Frontieres hospital in the eastern town of Rutshuru, an area ravaged by bloody battles between Congolese and rebel troops.

    Among the hundreds of wounded soldiers and civilians brought into the hospital in October was a 16-year-old boy who had been caught in the midst of a gun fight between advancing combatants in a forest in the Nyanzale region.

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