Antarctica, 1961: A Soviet Surgeon Has to Remove His Own Appendix

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    Mar 15, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    A pretty remarkable story:

    If you think House and the guy who James Franco played in 127 Hours are tough, you haven't heard of Leonid Rogozov.

    In 1961, Rogozov was stationed at a newly constructed Russian base in Antarctica. The 12 men inside were cut off from the outside world by the polar winter by March of that year. In April, the 27-year-old Rogozov began to feel ill, very ill. His symptoms were classic: he had acute appendicitis. "He knew that if he was to survive he had to undergo an operation," the British Medical Journal recounted. "But he was in the frontier conditions of a newly founded Antarctic colony on the brink of the polar night. Transportation was impossible. Flying was out of the question, because of the snowstorms. And there was one further problem: he was the only physician on the base."

    There was no question that he'd have to operate. The pain was intolerable and he knew he was getting worse. He recorded his thoughts in his journal

    (Read the whole thing at the link, though there's more here with some other weird and bizarre facts - and pictures!:
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    He must be Chuck Norris. He deserves the Man Award.
    I cried when I had to suture my own arm (only 2.5 inches) without numbing it. Mainly it was rubbing alcohol that stung really bad.

    There have also been women who give birth alone, cut the umbilical cord, and dispose the afterbirth.