Doctors of the Indian Army achieved a remarkable feat as they have successfully operated a soldier at an altitude of 16,000 feet. The team of three doctors performed surgery to remove the soldier’s appendix in a dug-in at a forward surgical centre in Eastern Ladakh. The soldier couldn’t be taken to the Army base due to extreme weather condition. The surgery was conducted on October 28.

“The surgical team from the field hospital performed an emergency surgery of removal of the appendix at freezing temperatures at a height of 16000 feet in a dug-in at a Forward Surgical Centre (FSC) in extreme conditions,” India Today quoted Army sources as saying. The team of Army doctors that performed the operation included a Colonel, a Major, and a Captain.

Despite the adversities, the patient was successfully operated and is stable now, the report states. This is one of the few successful surgeries by the Army doctors at a forward post. Field hospitals of the Indian Army are completely functional and are even performing specialised treatment for winter-related issues faced by the soldiers, who are deployed along the LAC.

Indian Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane has made several visits to the forward locations to make sure that the troops have proper winter gear and habitation to deal with the icy conditions. This becomes crucial due to the ongoing Indo-China conflict.