• Short Summary

    Three British surgeons were filmed recently in Moscow being honoured by their Russian counter-parts. They?

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    LV.PAN.British and Russian doctors seated at tables (British doctors in centre left to right: Doctors John Beard and Dennis Melrose and Surgeon William Cleland).
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    SV Russian Doctor hands photograph to British Doctor Melrose autograph.
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    CU.PAN.From Russians to british Doctors laughing.
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    SV.PAN.From Russians to three British doctors seated.
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    BACK V.Group seated.
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    CU. Photograph.
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    TRACK IN SHOT.Of Little girl in bed.
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    CU. Girl in bed.
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    CU. Doctors TILT down to girl in bed.
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    SV. British doctor Melrose shakes hands with little girl in bed.
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    Initials S-D/JH/CW


    NOTE TO EDITORS: For film of the Melrose Heart-Lung Machine please refer to Production no. 3591/59

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Three British surgeons were filmed recently in Moscow being honoured by their Russian counter-parts. They were the 'hole-in-the-heart' doctors from London's Hammersmith Hospital. During a three week visit they have saved four Russian children from certain death aided by Britain's wonder machine - the Melrose Lung-Heart Peacemaker - which takes over the functions of the patient's heart and lungs during the hours long operation.

    Dr. Melrose, Inventor of the machine, before leaving Moscow visited one of the young patients and was asked by one of the Russian doctors to autograph a photograph of himself.

    This visit, primarily a demonstration trip of the Melrose machine, has been front-page news in most of Russia's papers.

    Many hundreds of Russian doctors watched the four operations - some were assisting in the theatre but most followed it on closed-circuit televisions.

    On arrival home, May 16, the leader, Surgeon William Paton Cleland, anaesthetist John Beard and Dr. dennis Melrose, told of the pitiful situation in the children's ward of Moscow's Cardiac Hospital where they had to choose just four young sufferers for this epoch-making operation. On six-year-old girl asked "Why don't you operate on me?" Mr. Cleland told reporters at London Airport, "...We were only on a visit...it was a matter of time."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7GWE4XZVDHOS0RTI4FDMP26F3
    Media URN:
    VLVA7GWE4XZVDHOS0RTI4FDMP26F3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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