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Russian Military Doctors Extract Unexploded Munition From Soldier

© Sputnik / Konstantin Mihalchevskiy / Go to the mediabankAn assistant holds a surgical clamp during an operation
An assistant holds a surgical clamp during an operation - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.06.2024
Military doctors of the Russian Zapad Battlegroup extracted an unexploded munition from the body of a serviceman, the lead surgeon of the group's field hospital told Sputnik.
Army medics have saved the life of a Russian soldier who had a live high-explosive round lodged in his leg.
"The unexploded munition was removed from the thigh," the surgeon explained. "After the sappers inspected the operating room, we put on bulletproof vests and helmets."
The operation was delicate not only due to the risk of the round exploding, but for where it was embedded in the patient's body.
"The shell was located right in the projection of the femoral artery," the surgeon said. "Together with vascular surgeons, we controlled the situation, isolated the femoral artery to prevent massive bleeding, and slowly removed the shell. Thankfully, everything went well, everything is fine."
The doctor said his team had a high workload, but were dealing with it successfully.
"I just hope that our work will bring us closer to victory in some way or another. That’s why we are all here," the surgeon added.
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