Rechts der Isar Hospital
It was founded in 1834, with 36 beds, as the Haidhauser Armen- und Krankenanstalt (Haidhausen Institution for the Poor and Sick) in a former coffee house, and was later run by Catholic nuns, the "Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul". When Haidhausen was incorporated to the City of Munich, it was renamed "Krankenhaus rechts der Isar". In 1967 it became the hospital of Technische Universität München ("TUM", University of Technology Munich) and was reorganized to a public institution of its own right in 2003.
Today it is considered one of Bavaria's finest medical institutions. It incorporates more than 30 clinics and departments, plus eleven institutes and several inter-disciplinary centers. In 2011 the hospital had a total of 1,091 regular beds and counted 51,061 stationary and semi-stationary patients. In addition, 220,607 ambulant treatments were carried out. 1,200 students attend medical faculty at TUM / Rechts der Isar.
The hospital gained global attention in June 2008, when a team of about 40 doctors successfully transplanted two complete arms to a man who lost his own in an accident. Meanwhile the process of healing advanced so far, the patient can move and use hands and fingers.
In Britain, the hospital is best known for being the place where the survivors of the Munich Air Disaster on 6 February 1958 were treated. Five people involved in the crash of British European Airways Flight 609 only had to be given injections for shock, but the 18 others were hospitalised for at least a few days with significant injuries. Two of them, Manchester United player Duncan Edwards and aeroplane co-pilot Ken Rayment, died at the hospital as a result of their injuries; 21 others had died at the scene or on their way to hospital.
The other 16 injured people survived and most made a complete recovery from their injuries. The chief surgeon who saved the lives of many of the injured, Dr. Georg Maurer, was awarded a CBE for his efforts. He went on to have a very successful career at the hospital; in 1967 he helped make the hospital part of the Technical University of Munich and later became the medical director of the Faculty of Medicine there.
Since 2003, the clinic has been an independent public institution (in German: Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts).
Parts of this article were translated from the German Wikipedia article of 4 February 2008.
- John Ramsden, Don't Mention the War, ISBN 978-0-349-11539-9