Ever since the Tetris Challenge pictures have flooded social media sites, we have seen some really great and creative pictures from Hungary, including a team of a Gripen military aircraft, the police, and even a church parish and its priest joined the initiative. Since then, new creative and quite incredible pictures have been taken, including our swimming star Katinka Hosszú, and the British ambassador to Hungary; but perhaps one of the strongest pictures was taken by the surgical team of the György Gottsegen National Institute of Cardiology.
Tetris Challenge Takes Hungary by Storm: Photos by Priests, Paramedics and Emergency Services
The staff at the Gottsegen György National Institute of Cardiology (GOKI) joined the Tetris challenge as the first operating theater of the country and added a touching text to their picture: “There are no moments harder for a mother than the one when the heart of her child is being operated on. We are showing you the operating room of the GOKI Children’s Heart Center, with 8-month-old Boti lying on the operating table, now on her mom’s lap. Boti’s heart was operated on in this operating room last Monday. See how many tools are needed for a heart surgery? And there are the healthcare workers lying on the ground without whom we wouldn’t be able to save hearts by any means.”
GOKI staff operates on the hearts of more than 700 children at the institute every year, so it is no coincidence that hundreds of parents commented on the post to express their gratitude to the life-saving doctors and nurses.
Katinka Hosszú, Hungary’s three-time Olympic swimming champion, won the 200m butterfly and the 400m IM in the World Cup series this past weekend, with Saturday’s win being her 298th gold. Yesterday morning, the legendary swimmer also joined the popular challenge and presented what a professional swimmer needs in her daily life – in and out of the water.
Szilvia Lubics, one of the most well-known and successful Hungarian ultra-runners, has not missed the Tetris challenge either. The runner, who recently completed the Bigfoot 200 Ultra Cross-Country Race, which was perhaps the toughest race of her career, with a 14,000-level difference in elevation and a hurricane wind that caused one-third of the competitors to quit the race early on. Lubics first slept during the race after 48 hours, after having serious hallucinations, but to keep the 105 hour level, she only slept a total of 4-5 hours in small portions throughout the whole race. In the Tetris challenge picture, she was photographed with her two dogs – however the third, Mangó missed the photo, not having the patience to lie there that long.
Iain Lindsay, the British Ambassador to Hungary, who with his vibrant social media presence and keen interest in Hungarian culture is one of the more colorful members of the Budapest diplomatic corps. Lindsay’s outstanding Hungarian is well-known in the country, as he recites a poem every year in honor of Hungary’s National Day of Poetry. The Ambassador also joined the Tetris challenge to show “the bits and pieces of my life as an ambassador” and even his Hungarian-adopted mongrel, Juno appears in the picture. However, he added that the ones he couldn’t work without are the members of his wonderful team.
featured photo: photo: Őszi Szilvia (Gottsegen György Országos Kardiológiai Intézet)