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Dr Dai Yu, the deputy director at the Orthopaedic Department of Longgang Central Hospital in Shenzhen, told TV station Longgang Channel that he and his team had to carry out 10 operations in one day. He added that their day kicked off at 8am and they performed seven of these surgeries without a break.
While anaesthetists prepared for another operation at around 5pm, Dr Dai decided to take a 10-minute break, but ended up drifting off as he sat on the floor of the operating theatre.
A colleague snapped the dozing doctor and uploaded the pic to social media, where it soon began trending. Countless people commented on the 'moving' picture, hailing Dr Dai a 'hero' for his devotion to serving others, but he has remained humble, insisting he was only performing his duties.
He also confirmed that he completed the rest of the procedures after his power nap and didn't leave the theatre until 9pm.
However, while Dr Dai's dedication and concentration is admirable, it does raise questions about the hospital's working practices. People are advised to take breaks from driving every few hours to ensure they keep refreshed and focused - surely a surgeon carrying out intricate and life-threatening tasks should do the same?
Then again, more complicated procedures can take many hours in themselves, so perhaps skilled surgeons are more adept at maintaining their sharpness without breaks than mere mudbloods like you and I.
Anyway, they may want to consider dishing out more breaks at Leicester Royal Infirmary, considering that a man was mistakenly circumcised there last year.
Terry Brazier was meant to be receiving a Botox injection, but a mix-up meant he ended up leaving without his foreskin.
Speaking to the Daily Star, the 70-year-old said: "They didn't know what to say when they found out they'd done it, they said they can't send me back to the ward and they needed to talk to me.
"The nurse was at the side of me and we were talking so I didn't know what was going on.
"It was a real surprise."
He has subsequently been paid £20,000 ($24,398) in compensation, prompting uncircumcised men across the globe to contemplate how highly they value their foreskin.
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