Have you ever heard about Leonid Rogozov? He was a soviet surgeon who took the Sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960-1961. However, this is not what he is famous for. While being in the expedition, Rogozov developed acute appendicitis, and as there were no other doctors, he had to make a self-surgery!
One morning Rogozov felt a pain in the lower right portion of the abdomen accompanied by fever and weakness. Medications didn’t relieve the pain. The next day the symptoms became worse, and he realized he had peritonitis. The surgery was needed! Since the nearest hospital was 1,000 miles away and he was the only doctor, Rogozov decided to perform self-surgery!
The driver and meteorologist were providing him instruments and holding the mirror. The doctor injected Novocain for a local anaesthesia. The surgery lasted for about two hours. Five days later the temperature normalized, the stitches were removed seven days later.
In 1961 he was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour.
Rogozov later worked as the head of the surgery department of St. Petersburg Research Institute for Tubercular Pulmonology.
He died in 2000, at the age of 66 from lung cancer.