Three British surgeons were filmed recently in Moscow being honoured by their Russian counter-parts. They?
Three British surgeons were filmed recently in Moscow being honoured by their Russian counter-parts. They were the 'hole-in-the-heart' doctors from London's Hammersmith Hospital. During a three week visit they have saved four Russian children from certain death aided by Britain's wonder machine - the Melrose Lung-Heart Peacemaker - which takes over the functions of the patient's heart and lungs during the hours long operation.
Dr. Melrose, Inventor of the machine, before leaving Moscow visited one of the young patients and was asked by one of the Russian doctors to autograph a photograph of himself.
This visit, primarily a demonstration trip of the Melrose machine, has been front-page news in most of Russia's papers.
Many hundreds of Russian doctors watched the four operations - some were assisting in the theatre but most followed it on closed-circuit televisions.
On arrival home, May 16, the leader, Surgeon William Paton Cleland, anaesthetist John Beard and Dr. dennis Melrose, told of the pitiful situation in the children's ward of Moscow's Cardiac Hospital where they had to choose just four young sufferers for this epoch-making operation. On six-year-old girl asked "Why don't you operate on me?" Mr. Cleland told reporters at London Airport, "...We were only on a visit...it was a matter of time."