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  1. Sorry for the groaner, but this just blew me away!
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    07/11/03 09:50

    Peru Doctor Performs Brain Surgery with Store Drill

    LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Lacking the proper instruments, a Peruvian doctor at a state hospital in the Andean highlands used a drill and pliers to perform brain surgery on a man who had been injured in a fight, the doctor said on Thursday.

    "We have no (neurosurgical) instruments at the hospital. ... He was dying, so I had no choice but to run to a hardware store to buy a drill and use the pliers that I fix my car with, of course after sterilizing them," Cesar Venero told Reuters in a telephone interview.

    The patient, Centeno Quispe, 47, had arrived at the hospital in Andahuaylas, 240 miles southeast of Lima, after being hit in the head with a metal object in a street fight, Venero said.

    "I drilled holes in his skull in a circle, leaving spaces of 5 millimeters, took out the bone with the pliers and removed the clots that were putting pressure on his brain," he said.

    Andahuaylas is one of the poorest regions of Peru, a country in which more than half its 27 million people live below the poverty line.

    Venero, who earns $430 a month, said he had used tools from a hardware store on five previous occasions but for less serious operations.

    Quispe was making a good recovery in a hospital in Peru's capital, Lima.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Shamrock
    Wonder if the dr. work a leather tool belt too?? Woohoo,
    love a man with a toolbelt on.
  4. by   nursenoelle
    Now THAT is improvising.
  5. by   jnette
    Wow. Guess you are forced to do whatever you must do at times... (remember the hiker who cut off his own arm to survive ?)...glad a life was saved. What a shame that his hospital is so poorly supplied. Some things just aren't right.

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