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Antarctic Appendectomy - 1966
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Photograph courtesy R. Burton

The near legendary Signy appendectomy, aren't you glad this wasn't you?!

"An appendectomy performed on a Kista steward in the bio lab on the day I landed on Signy. It shows John Baker assisting the surgeon Ron Lloyd. We had only one pair of surgical gloves so JB is wearing an enormous pair of gardening gauntlets."
 - John Brotherhood

I had forgotten it was your first day on site, but I certainly remember the rest of the day very well. It was a huge job getting all the sheets, gowns, gloves, etc. sterilized and the only instruments we had were my old school dissection kit last used on a dogfish, but they worked. Wasn't it hard keeping our concentration in the face of all that ether (the anaesthetic) you were dripping on the poor chap's mask. I was even more worried that some electrical connection would create a spark and the ether would explode, but all was well."
 - John Baker
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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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