In late January 1975 two college students, who had been dispatched to the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex as volunteers for socialist construction, got third-degree burns in 60% of their bodies in an accident.
Hearing the report on the night of January 30, Chairman Kim Jong Il said that they should be brought to life without fail, and took a measure to provide all necessary conditions.
At 2 a.m. when the experienced medical team from a central hospital was carrying out the first operation on the students, there was a phone call to the hospital. A doctor on duty took up the receiver, and knew that the Chairman was sitting up all night to acquaint himself with the result of the operation.
The result was reported to him at 5 a.m.
Later, 32 major operations were performed on the cases for a dozen days, spanning over 140 hours. During the period the Chairman asked about the result of each of the operations whether it was daytime or night, and took relevant measures.
At 3 a.m. on February 15 the doctors finished the final operation, and reported to the Chairman that they had saved the cases.