Indian Army doctors in Eastern Ladakh perform successful appendix surgery at 16,000 feet

Indian Army doctors in Eastern Ladakh perform successful appendix surgery at 16,000 feet
Indian Army doctors in Eastern Ladakh perform successful appendix surgery at 16,000 feet

Indian Army doctors posted on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) attained a major triumph by conducting a successful appendix surgery of a soldier at an altitude of 16,000 feet. Also Read: Terrorist in J&K’s Budgam seen surrendering in emotional video, teary-eyed father expresses gratitude towards Indian Army personnel

The doctors successfully removed the appendix of a soldier posted in Eastern Ladakh. Due to the harsh weather, the soldier couldn’t be shifted to the Army base so the doctors of the Forward Surgical Centre (FSC) performed the emergency surgery. Also Read: Anurag Thakur: First BJP MP to be an Army Officer

The surgery was performed by a team of three doctors, including a Colonel, a Major, and a Captain. This successful surgery exemplified the Indian Army’s potential for providing specialised medications in the combat areas.

This successful attempt is a big deal because high altitudes have low atmospheric pressure and low oxygen concentration. And all medical pieces of equipment are tested at sea atmosphere, so readings at high altitudes will be wrong and the patient has an increased risk for desaturation. Also Read: Indian Army Major Suman Gawani to be honored with UN Military Gender Advocate Award

The forward areas of the Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh is one of the severest places to serve, mainly because of the harsh weather situations in the region. Lately, deployment of the Indian Army in this area has jumped up due to the border tensions between India and China since June this year. Also Read: In a historic first, two women officers to operate helicopters from Indian Navy warships

Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane lately visited the forward areas, several times to make sure the soldiers serving there are provided with proper clothing, habitation and equipment to fight against the harsh weather in the middle of the Chinese threat. 


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