During the Ukrainian war, a grenade stuck in the chest of a Russian soldier. Despite the risk of an explosion, he underwent surgery and survived.
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- A Russian soldier had a grenade stuck in his chest.
- Although the risk was extremely high, he underwent surgery – and survived.
This story could have been straight out of a Hollywood script: a Russian soldier turns into a “human bomb” after a grenade gets stuck in his chest.
Instead of on the cinema screen, this incident takes place in the real war in Ukraine. Nikolay Pasenko (44) was hit by a projectile from a Ukrainian grenade launcher while fighting for the Russian army. X-rays show how the deadly explosive penetrates the chest of a Russian sergeant – but without detonation.
High risk of explosion
However, the risk of explosion was classified as “extremely high”. The wounded soldier was also in danger of bleeding out. The 44-year-old man initially resisted the operation because he did not want to endanger the paramedics.
But he finally agreed. To protect themselves from a possible explosion, the medics wore protective vests under their clothes.
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Kim from the Mandryk Central Military Hospital in Moscow traveled to Belgorod for the operation. “The ammunition was between the aorta and the inferior vena cava,” he told Newsweek. “It’s not every day that you remove an explosive device from a person where just movement can lead to death. When the grenade landed in the bucket, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and laughed.’
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A second operating theater and a full team of surgeons were on standby in case the explosive detonated.
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