Top 10 People Who Performed Surgery On Themselves

Many people in the past carried out surgeries on themselves but it is strongly recommended that you do not take inspiration from this list.

1. Dr Jerri Nielsen

This American physician realized that she had a lump in her breast in 1999 after which she carried out a biopsy on herself. Because the verdict was inconclusive, she carried out the surgery once again and this time she found that she had cancer. She went on to initiate the treatment on her own.


2. Amanda Feilding

Amanda Feilding had a condition because of which she was tired and exhausted all the time. She realized that she had to undergo a certain kind of surgery and spent a lot of time looking for a surgeon but was unsuccessful. This is when she decided to carry it out herself.


3. Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson pretended to be a man so that she could become a part of the army in 1782. After she was injured in a battle, she was hospitalized but because she was scared that her secret would be revealed, she performed the surgery herself with a needle and a knife.


4. Dr Evan O’Neill Kane

Dr Evan O’Neill Kane carried out appendectomy on himself when he was trying to prove that there is no need for anesthesia as long as the surgery is minor. A few years later he performed yet another surgery on himself as he was suffering from Hernia.


5. Joannes Lethaeus

Joannes Lethaeus removed a large stone from his bladder and his brother helped him through it. A healer was summoned who then proceeded to sew up the wound. This man was truly remarkable because not only did he not have the proper tools but also because the stone was as large as an egg and weighed about 4 ounces.


6. Sampson Parker

Sampson Parker was a farmer who had an accident in the autumn of 2007. His hand got stuck in the rollers but because nobody was around, he had no choice but to be his own hero. He started to cut his fingers but the ground caught fire and he realized that he would have to cut his arm in order to free himself. He did just that and then started driving towards the street.


7. Dr Leonid Rogozov

This doctor was suffering from acute appendicitis and when he realized that the situation was only getting worse, he decided to carry out the surgery himself. He was successful and went back to his practice in about 14 days.

8. Douglas Goodale

Douglas Goodale, a lobster fisherman was doing his job in 1998 when a winch caught hold of his sleeve and then his arm and hand. He tried to pull himself back up but it was proving to be too difficult. So he cut off the arm with a knife and managed to get medical help soon after.


9. Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston was alone in Blue John Canyon when a boulder tumbled fell onto his arm. He tried to break the massive stone for 5 whole days but was unsuccessful. He then realized that he would have to cut his arm. He received medical help after meeting with some hikers.


10. Ines Ramírez

Ines Ramírez went into labor in the year 2000 but after 12 hours of pain, she realized that she would not become a mother unless she was operated on. Because she was alone, she had to perform the surgery herself. Both the baby and the mother are alive and healthy today.

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