Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2021.
The power outage was caused by a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian capital of kyiv.
Reuters estimates that at least 40,295 people have lost their lives during the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
After the bombardments by Russia towards the Ukrainian capital of kyiv last Wednesday. Hospitals in Ukraine relied on generator power or even headlamps used by staff as they continued operations.
Hospitals in Ukraine continue to provide service despite having electricity to work
At a kyiv hospital, doctors were performing heart surgery on a child when the power went out. Dr. Borys Todurov posted a video on Instagram showing surgeons working in the light of their headlights as they waited for the generator to kick in.
In said publication, Dr. Borys Todurov highlights that the blackout caused by the Russian missile attack has made it even more difficult to perform the necessary procedures for all hospital patients.
In the doctor’s publication, he adds: “The Heart Institute has 190 patients and 300 employees. No water for a few hours now. So far we manage on our own, but every hour it becomes more difficult. We continue to do only emergency operations. We will spend the night in the clinic, we have to control the situation. Thanks to all the staff for the coordinated and dedicated work. In this non-standard situation, we did not lose any patients. Thanks to the kyiv communal services for your support. We will maintain our medical front until the victorious end.”
The director of a hospital in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, across the river from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, said “dozens of patients in critical condition were on operating tables at Mechnikova Hospital” when they caused the blackout.
“Anesthesiologists and surgeons turn on the headlights to save each one of them,” Dr. Sergii Ryzhenko wrote in networks. He posted a photo of two doctors, who he said were Yaroslav Medvedyk and Kseniya Denysova, operating on a 23-year-old man when the power went out, “It’s the first time in Yaroslav’s 35-year surgical practice.” The patient fortunately survived the surgery according to the doctor’s social media post.