No, no … I’ve Got This!

In 1961, a twelve man Soviet crew was building a new base in the Antarctic. The crew was trapped and isolated for months on end by weather and sub-zero temperatures.

Unfortunately, an ill timed case of appendicitis forced the doctor to improvise a bit.

On April 30, 1961, Dr. Leonid Rogozov removed his own infected appendix at the Soviet Novolazarevskaja Research Station in Antarctica. The operation lasted one hour and 45 minutes. Ouch!

Okay..Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


Boston Corbett

Boston Corbett

Snip Snip!

Boston Corbett, the soldier who killed Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth, had performed self-surgery earlier in life.

He castrated himself with a pair of scissors in order to avoid the temptation of prostitutes.

Afterwards he went to a prayer meeting and ate a meal before going for medical treatment. Amen??


Between a Rock & a Hard Place

Aron Ralston was on a canyoneering trip in 2003 in Blue John Canyon, Utah, when a boulder fell and pinned his right forearm down, crushing it.

After six agonizing days and a multitude of failed attempts to free himself, Ralston did the unthinkable.

Using the dull blade on his multi-use tool, he cut the soft tissue in his arm, and then the tool’s pliers to tear at the tougher tendons.

He was careful not to sever the arteries before attaching an improvised tourniquet. After cutting through nerves and the last piece of skin, he was finally free …. but wait, there is more.

Multi-use tool

Multi-use tool

Dehydrated, in excruciating pain, and having lost more than a 1/4 gallon of blood, he managed to rappel 60 yards down and hike another 8 miles, until he found help. His ordeal was made into the 2010 movie 127 Hours.

Check out the video below where Ralston describes the amputation in his own words. UNBELIEVABLE!


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