Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ultimate Repurposing: Surgeons Used Cellphones as Operating Room Light

I'm sure a lot of us has done this one way or another: use a cellphone as an emergency flashlight. But this is more extreme -- surgeons in Argentina used the light from cellphone screens to finish an emergency appendix operation!

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) -- The light from the cell phone screens allowed surgeons to complete an emergency appendix operation during a blackout in a city in central Argentina, reports said on Saturday.

Leonardo Molina, 29, was on the operating table on July 21, when the power went out in the Policlinico Juan D. Peron, the main hospital in Villa Mercedes, a small city in San Luis province.

"The generator, which should have been working correctly, didn't work," a hospital spokesman, whose name was not given, told TN television news station.

"The surgeons and anesthetists were in the dark... A family member got some cell phones together from people in the hallway and took them in to provide light," he said.

source: CNN.Com

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