Japanese doctor describes trying to save lives in Syria’s primitive conditions

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    42 year old Ikusuke Hatsukari is an anesthesiologist and a member of Doctors Without Borders who served in northern Syria for a few weeks in August and September. He shares some of his experience by explaining how hospitals have to be set up secret to try to save the lives of civilians injured in the civil war between rebel fighters and the military.

    In order to save an 8 year old girl, he says he had to pump an old-style ventilator for five or six hours, whereas in Japan, he would have only had to have pushed a button. The girl had lost one of her legs and was shot in the abdomen. Hatsukari was responsible for keeping her sedated while the doctors sewed her up. In a recent interview, the doctor, who was born in Saitama Prefecture, says it was common to see children with missing body parts or covered in blood. Hospital locations had to stay secret, as they were frequent targets of the totalitarian regime, and Hatsukari says he constantly had to work amid gunfire and explosions.

    Read More: http://japandailypress.com/japanese...-lives-in-syrias-primitive-conditions-0419268
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