1961: When Leonid Rogozov, a member of the Soviet team at the Novolazarevskaya base in Antarctica, fell ill with nausea, a high temperature and abdominal pains, the diagnosis was straightforward: acute appendicitis. Evacuation by sea or air, in the middle of the polar winter, was out of the question; Rogozov would have to be operated on at the base. And since Rogozov was the team doctor, that meant he would have to operate on himself.
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1964: Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila won the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics less than six weeks after an operation to remove his appendix.
Source: David Wallechinsky, The Complete Book of the Olympics (2004), pp. 294–5