A man injured in an explosion in war-torn Ukraine is undergoing surgery. Ukrainian doctor Oleksandar is undergoing surgery. And the doctor David Knott from London is advising him. He is a trauma surgeon. Knott is giving various suggestions so that the leg of the injured person does not have to be amputated.
According to a BBC report, Alexander had never performed such a complex operation before. But a week ago, he saw a doctor in a hospital in Ukraine perform such an operation. He is trying to save the patient by using that experience and Knot’s instructions in the video call.
During the operation, doctor Oleksandar took a picture of the injured man on his smartphone. The doctor then sent it to Knott. Looking at the pictures, Knot gave some more suggestions.
Doctor Olexander performed the surgery step by step as instructed by Knott. He said he was scared during the surgery and was slowly doing the whole thing. But in the end the surgery was successfully completed.
Knott, a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital in London, has previously served in war-torn areas in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. To treat war-wounded Ukrainians, Knott has been treated at various hospitals in northern, eastern, southeastern and western Ukraine. He returned to London a few days ago.
In a first interview after returning from Ukraine, Knott said the shell’s injuries were “terrible.” It severely affects the soft tissues of the body, bones, arms, hands and feet. Injuries to such explosions have long-term effects. Even mutilation can occur. Barotrauma, thermobaric or vacuum bombing can cause bleeding in the brain and lungs. Major damage to the eardrum and intestines can occur.
The experience of assisting surgery in video calls, however, is not new to physician Knott. During the war in Syria, Knott assisted in surgery in Aleppo via Skype from his London office. Knott said Russia had fired shells at 115 hospitals in Ukraine. Hospitals and doctors are attacked in any war. He said that this is also a kind of war strategy.
While in Ukraine, Knott used to keep a lot of doctors in the operating room while operating on war wounded people. He used to show the doctors how to treat skin grafting, bones and damaged limbs by hand.
Even after leaving Ukraine, the David Knott Foundation and the humanitarian relief team USSM International continue to treat war wounded. Knots instructs complex surgeries via video call from a distance.
Doctor Knott said such surgeries are very complicated. Mistakes in surgery can have long-term detrimental effects. However, despite these challenges, success in online surgery is coming.
Oleksandr, a doctor in Ukraine, said: When the doctor says everything will be fine, it really gives us relief. They learned from doctor Knott how to save patients’ lives.
Oleksandr said it was important to learn how to operate on such war-wounded people in Ukraine. Because, the number of shell injuries and people injured in Ukraine is increasing. It has become urgent to give them medical treatment.
Doctor Knott said that through the charity David Knott Foundation, he has shown in various slides and videos how to treat war-wounded Ukrainians. Knott said he taught doctors the intricacies of surgery. Those doctors train others again.
Earlier this month, Ukraine’s foreign minister said a situation similar to World War II could develop in the eastern Danvas. Thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, planes and artillery are being used in the attack. Doctor Knot thinks the situation in Mariupol could be similar to that in Aleppo. Tactics similar to the Syrian war may be applied in Mariupol.
Oleksandr said he had never seen such injuries in Ukraine before. However, no matter how unfavorable the situation, Ukrainian doctors like Alexander did not give up. They want to keep trying until the end.