A Ukrainian military doctor succeeded in extracting a 'grenade launcher bullet that could still explode' from the body of a Ukrainian soldier

A Ukrainian military doctor successfully removed a

grenade , a grenade launcher bullet that could still explode, inside a Ukrainian soldier's body.

Doctors risked their own lives to remove a live grenade from a Ukrainian soldier's chest |

On January 9, 2023, local time, Ukraine's Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Marial posted the following message on her Facebook.

The message read, 'Not all heart injuries are fatal! A Ukrainian military doctor performed an operation to remove a pre-explosion grenade from a soldier's body. To ensure the safety of the medical staff, two The extraction work was carried out under the presence of a sapper (combat engineer).Because the grenade could explode at any time, Mr. Andriy Belba, one of the most experienced surgeons in the Ukrainian army, used electrocoagulation . The operation was successful and the injured soldier has been transferred for further rehabilitation and recovery.' Attached is an X-ray taken and a photo of Dr. Belva successfully extracting this grenade.

Advisor to Ukraine's Interior Minister, Anton Gerashchenko, also shared the surgical operation on Telegram under the title 'Unique operation supervised by Sapper: Unexploded ordnance extracted from the body of a Ukrainian soldier', who said the patient was 28 years old. It is said that it is a Ukrainian soldier.

The BBC also reported on this case, and the grenade extracted by Mr. Belva is about 1.6 inches (about 4.1 cm) in length, and is a grenade launcher that can aim at the target from a distance of 0.2 miles (about 320 meters). It is reported to have been launched from

The electrocoagulation method that Dr. Belva did not use is a method of stopping bleeding by burning the ends of blood vessels by applying an electric current and cauterizing wounds and incisions. The reason why this electrocoagulation method was not used was fear that the applied current would detonate the grenade.

Advisor to the Minister of the Interior, Gerashchenko, also posted, ``In the practice of Ukrainian military doctors, such an operation (surgery in which electrocoagulation was not used) has never been confirmed.'' Such operations may not have been performed since the start of the Ukrainian-Russian war, but prior to that, non-electrocoagulation procedures were frequently performed.

A 1999 paper examining historical medical data for the U.S. military has documented 36 unexploded ordnance operations since World War II alone, with four patients injured before the operation. Although he died in , it is clear that the other 32 people were able to survive successfully with successful surgery.

Also, in 2006, it was reported that a group of US military doctors succeeded in removing an unexploded ordnance from the abdomen of a patient suffering from paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia in Afghanistan. In 2014, a 23-year-old pregnant woman underwent surgery in Afghanistan to remove explosive ammunition from her head. Although the objects removed after the operation were found to be non-explosive metal bullets, the doctor in charge of the operation did not use electrocoagulation due to the possibility of the ammunition exploding during the operation. has been recorded .

In addition, the Joint Trauma System , which is operated by the US Department of Defense to reduce the morbidity and mortality of patients injured in war, has a guide that summarizes how to deal with unexploded ordnance remaining in the body. increase.

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