The first team of surgeons who came to the assistance of the underground hospital in Olovo came from Tuzla.
Doctor Abdulah Fazlic, who led the team from Tuzla, showed BIRN around the abandoned clinic, pointing out old medical equipment that still remains on the shelves.
“A war surgeon cannot change the situation in the field, but he can help minimise the number of casualties,” Fazlic said, explaining that it was necessary to adapt to any situation and work with whatever and whoever was available to save lives.
Once, he recalled, a driver helped him while he operated, as nobody else was free.
Camera operator Zlatan Kopic, who filmed some of the scenes at the hospital, recalled how he filmed not only surgeries and amputations but also the first Caesarian delivery of a newborn in Olovo.
“It was a wonderful experience. It was a baby boy, so when they took him out of the womb, he first peed and then cried. It was a nice refreshing story,” laughed Kopic as he recalled the memory.
The mother of the baby, Senaida Zukic, said that neither she nor her boy would be alive today it wasn’t for the war hospital. She had intended to give birth in Tuzla but the road was blocked.
The delivery was not going well, and Zukic had to be sedated and given a Caesarian.
“When I woke up, I was cold and shivering with fever… At that moment I was in so much pain that I didn’t even ask about my baby. The midwife, Senada [Selibasic], was a great person, very positive, she comforted me and helped as much as she could. I was in so much pain that I could not get up at all,” she said.
“When Senada brought the baby, I asked her if it was alive and if it even weighed a kilo,” she added.
The midwife responded that the boy was healthy and weighed 3.6 kilos. With tears in her eyes, Zukic said that when she heard that, “I can’t explain how I felt”.
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