22nd April 2014
We arrived at one of the Hospital which is the main hospital so it is large, spooky and imposing and based at the North end of Pripyat.
The basement contains liquidator’s uniforms which are highly radioactive. On this note, it is not recommended to go into the basement for this reason alone. We had just over two hours to explore it so we all set out and branched off.
Hospital 126 (MSCh 126) is a large hospital based at the North end of Pripyat.
The basement contains liquidators uniforms which are highly radioactive. On this note, it is not recommended to go into the basement for this reason alone.
The hospital is a vast complex occupying the largest part of the first micro-district of Pripyat. The building is adorned with huge letters on its roof that read: “Здоров’я народу – багатство країни” or “health of a people – riches of the country”.
It was at this hospital on the 26th April 1986 that the first victims of the disaster were delivered by ambulance: firemen and personnel of the Chernobyl Power plant. The majority of those had already received deadly doses of external and internal radiation also having severe skin burning from beta radiation. After such doses, most did not survive; they still stood up, tried to joke about it but the days or even hours of their lives were already numbered.
Hospitals are not a cheery place to be but this one was full of dereliction, dark corridors, doors slamming with the wind. Ghosts of the past still haunting this building.
The victims stayed here less than a day; were then transported to Kiev, and then by plane to Moscow. Everybody, except engineer Shashenok, died in hospital, he was the first one to die in the night of April, 26th. There were 6 firemen, 22 power plant workers who died of sharp radiation sickness in the 6th radiological clinic of Moscow in the course of several months after the initial disaster.
The photo below is one from the maternity wing.
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