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Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 April 2021

Hero staff of Blagoveschensk cardio centre had just cut open the patient’s chest when a major fire began.

Answering if he was scared or if his hands trembled as smoke and flames engulfed the hospital, chief surgeron Valentin Filatov said: ‘Of course we were scared. We are human.’ Picture: Blagoveschensk emergency service

A medical team successfully completed heart surgery as fire brigades fought a blaze on the hospital roof, and rescuers evacuated patients and medical staff.  

Sixty seven patients were taken to safety, and all but eight of the staff who were at the operation theatre were ordered to leave. 

‘The patient needed coronary artery bypass graft surgery, one of the most complicated cardiac surgeries. We had to continue, there was no decision-making about it, it just had to go on.

'We completed it in full,’ chief surgeon Valentin Filatov said.

Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation 


Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation 


Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation 


Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation  
The operation theatre was on the first floor of the two-storey hospital, built more than a century ago between 1905 and 1907. Pictures of the fire and of chief surgeon Valentin Filatov: Blagoveschensk emergency service, REN TV


Answering if he was scared or if his hands trembled as smoke and flames engulfed the hospital, Valentin Filatov responded: ‘Of course we were scared.

‘We are human.’

But his team showed ‘composure and courage’ because the surgery had to go on. 



The operation theatre was on the first floor of the two-storey hospital, built more than a century ago between 1905 and 1907. 

Faulty wiring caused the fire, the local emergencies service reported.

Thirty five firefighters and 11 units of fire extinguishing equipment were deployed to stop the blaze. 

The centre serves the city and all of Amur region in the Far East of Russia.

Chief surgeon Valentin Filatov, 29. Pictures: Blagoveschensk cardio centre, Valentin FilatovMedical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation 


Medical team of eight stayed inside a burning hospital to complete heart operation 

Comments (3)

Congratulation medical and firefighter team ..!... we read that in French press, great feat .
Jocelyne, FRANCE
03/04/2021 02:48
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only one word - CHAPEAU- !!!!!!!
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
03/04/2021 02:14
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Once again the Russians prove themselves to be real men and women
Alex, Sweden
02/04/2021 17:23
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