IMSS doctors operated on a baby during the 7.7 magnitude earthquake

IMSS doctors operated on a baby during the 7.7 magnitude earthquake
IMSS doctors operated on a baby during the 7.7 magnitude earthquake

Specialists from the Mexican Institute of Social Security remained in charge of surgery during the 7.7 Richter earthquake last Monday, September 19. (Video: Social Communication Unit/IMSS).

Regardless of the intensity of the tremor, the Social Security doctors assigned to the High Specialty Medical Unit (UMAE) Hospital de Pediatría “Dr. Silvestre Frenk Freund”, concluded the surgery on a patient diagnosed with craniosynostosis, that is, the premature fusion of the skull structures.

On Monday, September 19, a five-month-old patient underwent surgery at the Hospital de Pediatría del XXI Century National Medical Center when around 1:05 p.m. on Monday afternoon, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 degrees was recorded, with an epicenter south of Coalcoman, Michoacán.

Even with the uncertainty, the medical staff acted with professionalism during the earthquake of 7.7 Richter degrees in front of a surgery that required a high degree of precision and care, since it was a five-month-old pediatric patient.

During the tremor, the emergency protocol was activated, so the hospital’s work was not suspended.” The hospital is safe and during the earthquake the emergency protocols were activated, such as the two power plants, which entered immediately when the electricity failed”, explained Dr. Miguel Ángel Serret Fernández, Neurosurgeon of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service of this UMAE.

Miguel Ángel Serret Fernández, Neurosurgeon of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service of this UMAE. (Photo: Social Communication Unit/IMSS).

“We, even if we could have, did not want to because our team had to stay to safeguard the life of that little boy we were operating on.” In the end, the operation was a complete success with no losses to be regretted, which is why the entire team of specialists celebrated for such an important feat.

For his part, Dr. Fernando Soriano Padilla, head of Maxillofacial Surgery at UMAE, stressed that during the seismic event there were seven health professionals in the operating room, including anesthesiologists, surgeons and nursing staff, who put their professionalism and patient integrity.

“We have family, parents, children, but also that son, whose parents are out, so the great commitment we have as doctors to the patient and that makes us put our family and everything in favor of our patients first,” stressed the Soriano Dr.

Meanwhile, the minor’s father, Mr. Christian, thanked the hospital staffbecause despite the earthquake, the activity of a highly specialized hospital was not interrupted. “They are warriors, superheroes for maintaining that patience and that calm,” the father mentioned after acknowledging the work of the IMSS in activating the protocols of security during a natural catastrophe to carry out the daily work of the Hospital.

During the tremor, the emergency protocol was activated, so the hospital’s work was not suspended. The minor’s parents thanked the doctors for their work. (Photo: Social Communication Unit/IMSS).

And it is that this speaks of an example of vocation, since on several occasions a situation like this has arisen. In 2017, on Thursday, September 7 a nine-year-old patient with severe heart failure She was treated and operated urgently at the General Hospital of the La Raza National Medical Center; Five hours had passed since the surgery when, around midnight, an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale was recorded.

But in the operating room on the seventh floor, due to the delicate health of the minor, the medical and nursing team decided to continue without interrupting the open heart operation.

At all times, even during the earthquake, the team of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and technicians, led by Dr. David Arellano Ostoa, head of the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, remained calm and continued the operation, despite the fact that most of the staff had already finished their workday.

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