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Doctors use cellphone light in surgery

June 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM   |   Comments

QENA, Egypt, June 5 (UPI) -- Egyptian officials said they have ordered an investigation into a surgery in which doctors used cellphones for light because of an electricity outage.

The medical team, headed by Dr. Amr Abdel Wahed, was performing gallbladder surgery on a 60-year-old woman when the power went out in the middle of the operation, al-Masry al-Youm said.

Doctors then began using cellphone lights when efforts to operate an emergency generator failed.

Qena Governor Adel Labib ordered the investigation, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

Egypt is experiencing almost daily power cuts as part of the government's plan to reduce pressure on power stations during the summer.

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