tv Documentary RT June 24, 2013 3:29am-4:01am EDT
it's a live. working with the demands perception. you make just a small change and you get a totally different result. was that before getting to work you have to study the material watch it try to figure out what it looks like then the image comes to you . when i'm operating. the moment i make that first incision. when i touch the tissue i can feel the patient's carry through my hands i can sense the person very well. my life has changed a hundred percent. for four years. all i saw someone else limbs blood. and mutilated bodies.
i know the same for some that i was before the second chechen war i have an absolutely different outlook now nothing surprises me anymore. from you know my last name a spy of my first names for son i come from from colombia a small village in the czech republic in a plastic surgeon i didn't mention is a fight to measure on in during the war i had to perform surgery in a bowling conditions and i had to fight for his life.
over those two years i operated on four thousand six hundred people but during the second war i literally had no time to keep a record. but i know i did at least twice as many. of the worst thing though is that we badly need more specialist in chechnya because so many people left during the war. in europe now. many people wait and hope that i'll come and operate on them for free. how will she then eleven eleven. yes as she was crossing the street but on the road on the road. what it was that it was ninety ninety five we've waited and waited for you know but we couldn't find you close your eyes what they are just here and yes that can be removed. now you won't see it until you can remove it yeah.
spreading. my husband. she's known him for many years and she knows he's a good man and a good surgeon and so she suggested i turn to him. well you got here ok. what a pretty tough. of course this is a little complicated. really came from south of setia. i first saw them about six months ago. i told them they were going to have to wait because there wasn't enough to show yet you for your time now we can operate.
of course when parents interest those tiny fragile bodies into your care which is a huge sense of responsibility. geometrician numbers and we start by marking out the incision lines as a guide. and then we begin to count to try and restore a normal form of finished which it's very intricate work. you need very sensitive hands like a surgeon you could say. that was when you get to work you study the material
figure out what it looks like. clay it's like skin. smooth when it's too late for and then it gets older and starts to sweat out salt which then dries it up and then eventually it cracks and it's. good to see each was back in two thousand and nine moving very different in the west when i was driving to a stuff or mystical about two hundred kilometers from the city there's a check. yup and it mainly stopped me. from the police officer took one look at my passport and said so how's your home village doing. several. hundred. he said he'd been a mercenary in chechnya. as
a grain silo there he said that big ten are. still there i told him i'm a good. while he said we will post on top of it i'm shooting down in the village and when the subrogated we'll talk about it go about doing it and that village. was a crazy doctor it was or how was it possible he sent for him to set that night and day you mean operating under fire. cover when it was over the first ball there's a new bill and we had no doubt there be a second. had a mini van and i used it as an ambulance. i took out all the seats opened up the back and put in mattresses that's how i transported the injured to here. i was the
only doctor of five villages who. i thought to myself. who i worked with this morning. i soon learned that out of ten doctors. i was the only one left along with eight nurses. and we have nothing at all. no hold water no heat no electricity. and shell fragments rained down on our heads. windows were blocked up with sandbags the were no windows and. this was the operating theater and the walls were scarred by shrapnel. and one of the field operating table here. just a very small table. more than i usually go and get a battery from
a car when he was there. what i thought was as long as i had a flashlight and a working battery and i had a good enough environment to work him. we had none of the proper surgical instruments we needed. we performed amputations with a simple metal hand saw each and used a hand drill for craniotomy. every day was horrific in its own way. that arm with the most horrific day of all of course was when i was in a state of shock. that was in two thousand. four thousand people walked across a mine field. but one hundred ninety of them were left on the minefield they all died and three hundred people were brought to my hospital. i knew what she was among them along with other terrorist leaders but i am peter age and his right leg he lost a lot of blood from his pupils were dilated and his blood pressure was fifty over
forty. yeah we went to the same school i make no secret of it i've never hidden the fact we played football together we spent ten years at the same school board. i'm not the almighty i can't predict what the future might hold. no dust or anywhere else north or south. it's not my role to judge whether one person is good
in another battle what they might do i just don't have that right. they have to deal with their own conscience and i have no regrets i would regret it if i hadn't stayed and done what i did during the war when i saved lives. well worth looking at for sometimes when i visit my village you know maybe for a funeral. other times. just to see friends.
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look good it was back in two thousand and gerry the fair friend. he went out of the house and at that moment a tank shell exploded. like this father died just torn to shreds. and he was badly wounded a miracle he survived you know what your movie had shrapnel injuries in his hands had to amputate two fingers. he also had shrapnel wounds all over his back. he was only twelve years old back then. i hope the day never happens again. because of how.
he saved my life. much. people just went home. with relatives helping. they went. to the dentist i realized that man has. potential. human conditions i could have saved. and they were so confident that i could help but of course. i was never able to say . i can't help you in these conditions. i have no right to say that.
the surgery. really well. the defects was very challenging. but nevertheless an extremely good result. more than you might have noticed. that she looks completely different now. every successful operation leaves here with a great sense of satisfaction. at the same time you can believe me operating on children it's a very very tough job. the body is so fragile. the
anatomy is totally different. thank god in this case there was enough to shoot to rebuild the lip and those. of course that will go down it will get better. you see the left side of the nose was badly deformed now it's totally different the lips different too you can see how after the operation the child has changed. the worst so happy with the outcome we're very grateful to him we did right to come here even though we had been afraid we'd heard of her son's golden hands and now we know that it's true.
yeah you just finished with. i'm tired. of the rest of the next life. you know rest in this one. soon she's too good to be mice you do it i started doing judo and sambo in one nine hundred seventy six should contribute to good way to restore energy it also helps with concentration curing surgeries some of my younger colleagues often wonder how can i stand still for seven or eight hours staring at one point while i operate. strategy on the mat. if your nervous system is weak you burn out and lose but if you're strong you'll win. sometimes you get to the final and you're sure you're going to win. only
a few seconds left but your opponent has nothing to lose and really goes for it lost out a few times to a painful throw or a choke hold. on one fine day about five hundred men arrived at four in the morning and surrounded the village and hear that. it was one hundred percent certain that the slaughter. he was well aware that a.p.c. is brought into russian soldiers here every day. grabs me drags me down the corridor also the no one could see but everyone did. they fired a gun i mean above my head and then my feet to scare me. and then they held a shari'a hearing. they said i'd sold out to the russians.
they were about to shoot me i thought this is it. or they don't but suddenly the wooden gate opened and. they opened up the back and started pulling out guerrillas in camouflage. ways the doctor the doctor well my execution was postponed i had to attend to them if they'd come in minutes even seconds later i would have already been dead. when i watched this occur it doesn't feel like me at all. it's someone
totally different someone i don't know. now i often think how could i have survived all that. we get over to. live with the eyes reveal a person's character. his eyebrows dipped down and he looks really tired shit because if he's reminiscing about the past to explain and he's looking at you but at the same time he's somewhere else.
you thought it was a matter of when a few international organizations heard about my human rights watch amnesty international physicians for human rights and. they found me and. there was one doctor with them who said. i can see all the horrors of war in your face. yeah and they took me to america where i was in rehabilitation for six months. i was in a terrible psychological state. and i felt as i was about to explode i started getting gastrointestinal bleeding. it was a big fire and problems. then i had total amnesia the whole bunch of health
problems came out. it took four years in the u.s. just to repair my health. and i really missed my work i missed it so much there were times when every night i dreamed of performing surgery of course i knew perfectly well that someday i'd be back at my place on the operating table. and now i am. i used to go to church three or four months time but now since becoming an american citizen i have more opportunity to spend time there last year i spent eleven months in chechnya. this is how i've lived for these last years if. you can believe. empty words i really mean that. whenever i leave chechnya.
i don't know how it is for surgeons but for me the important thing is to get the shape right. i know i have plenty of material to help me start over but you have to get it right on the first attempt. actually i can really see myself in really got the shape of my ears and i've always said you've got cauliflower ears it's. the sun has seen what we've all seen here but like an artist he has taken it all to heart. and chechens don't like to complain. to say they feel bad or that life is hot. we consider it shameful even a disgrace when people grumble.
they were ready to do anything for their country to me to try out it is to love the country more than yourself if you join the military for any other reason that you're probably not to have a good day they were tools in the hands of the state now they live remembering the past which is impossible to get rid of i'm proud that i've been to war. but it however good people do get hurt. and i've heard good people empty silent. a lot. but would prefer not to be sometimes i feel like. i should have died over there. because. i saw some people who died. there is cheaper than therapy. on our.
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