An abandoned hospital in the city of Pripyat, 10 kilometers north of Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Most places in Pripyat now have relatively harmless levels of radiation with one exception – The Hospital in Pripyat.
Pripyat had a hospital which is normal for a city with around 50,000 inhabitants. The hospital accommodated 410 patients and three clinics. The hospital is located on “Friendship of the People’s Street” and the number is 126.
The sign says; Gynecological clinic and unfortunately no catchy Soviet slogan.
How was the hospital affected this night of distress in April 1986?
It’s past midnight. The woman at the front desk yawns and look at the clock. She hopes the night will pass quickly. Perhaps she thinks about what her family will do during the weekend. And by the way, it’s soon first of May and Pripyat will be adorned in red to honor the party…
At 1:24 AM local time happens something that will change the world forever. The sleepy nurse at the front desk does not yet know this. Soon, there will be plenty of yelling and movement.
At the nuclear power plant, firemen fight for their lives and everyone else’s lives. The fire must be extinguished. The first firefighters, at 1:28 AM, came from the nearest fire station and didn’t have protective clothing or equipment to handle disasters at a nuclear power plant.
Soon, several firemen had acute radioactive radiation poisoning. The firemen are constantly vomiting and the five fires on the roof of the reactor cannot be extinguished. Ambulances with firefighters begin to shuttle between Chernobyl and the hospital in Pripyat.
The worst place in the hospital is in the basement. They have tried to replenish with sand. And the firemen’s clothes are still there.
The hospital was abandoned the days after the disaster. It was no longer possible to work in an environment where radioactive objects were even inside the house. The patients who did not die were flown to Moscow, who had the only hospital in the Soviet Union to treat radiation injuries.