A medical team at a Russian hospital completed heart surgery on a patient while firefighters battled to contain a significant blaze engulfing the old building’s roof.
More than 120 people were evacuated and no injuries were reported at the hospital in Blagoveshchensk within the Far East.
The surgery continued because of an emergency electricity cable run into the ground-floor operating room as fans kept the rout out.
The heart patient was moved out later.
Lead surgeon Valentin Filatov said his team “had to save this person and we did everything”. Eight doctors and nurses were involved within the two-hour operation, which started just before the hearth broke out.
Russia’s emergencies ministry said the hospital was inbuilt in 1907 within the tsarist era, and therefore the blaze “spread like lightning through the wooden ceilings”. A short circuit is thought to have sparked the fire.
Medic Antonina Smolina said, “there was no panic” among the hospital staff.
Amur regional governor Vasily Orlov praised the surgical team’s professionalism and therefore the firefighters for putting out the blaze. They are now in line for awards.
It is the only hospital in the region with a specialist cardiological unit.