Tired Surgeons Nap On Theatre Floor During 10hr Op

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

These trending images show doctors sleeping on the operating theatre floor in the middle of a 10-hour marathon surgery to rescue a workman’s crushed hand.

The pictures showing doctor Wang Shenjin leaning against a wall and anaesthesiologist Li Peiying resting on n surgical instrument table were taken at the Penglai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the city of Penglai in East China’s Shandong Province. 

Surgeon Jiang Yongli is seen sleeping fully on the operating theatre floor during the procedure to rescue workman Liu Wenshu’s left hand.

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Liu, 45, had accidentally crushed his hand in a pressing machine and broken four fingers. He arrived at the hospital just as the doctors were about to head home at 5:30 pm local time on 24th May.

The medics kitted up against and rushed into surgery once more, operating for nearly nine hours – reattaching nerves, tendons and bone – before deciding to take the much needed break.

Doctor Wang said he and his team napped for about 10 minutes before finishing the final hour, ending the surgery at about 3:30 am the following morning.

“We’d already done four surgeries in the morning and I was close to going home when the patient arrived with such serious injuries,” Wang said.

He added: “All of us stayed and worked overtime to preserve the patient’s hand.”

Liu is continuing his recovery but will stay under observation for a few more days.

Wang said: “Circulation in his hand is good, but his condition is still not stable. He will require a total of seven to 10 days of further monitoring.”

After the lengthy surgery that ended in the early hours of 25th May, Wang said he went home and slept for four hours before returning to the hospital for his shift at 8 am.

Social media users have dubbed the doctors ‘angels in white’.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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