Klinikum rechts der Isar

Health & Medical

Europe, Germany, Munich

The Rechts der Isar Hospital (translation: Right-hand side of the River Isar) is a hospital in the Haidhausen district of Munich, Germany. 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. Today it is considered one of Bavaria's finest medical institutions. In Britain, the hospital is best-known for being the place where the 21 people who survived the impact of the Munich Air Disaster (6 February 1958) were treated. (The BBC concluded that 23 had survived the crash although that later became the death toll.) Five people involved in the crash of British European Airways Flight 609 were just 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. 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).