For the First Time in Ukraine, Heart Transplant was Performed on a 6-Year-Old Child
The other day, Ukraine was shaken by news that has every right to be called a sensation.
At the Heart Institute, a 6-year-old girl received a heart transplant, for which she had been waiting for 1.5 years. The uniqueness of this transplantation lies in the fact that the donor was a child for the first time in Ukraine.
Solomiyka was born a completely healthy child. Four years ago, due to an ordinary viral disease, she got heart complications and a terrible diagnosis, like a sentence – cardiomyopathy.
The boy’s mother, a doctor herself, was well aware of this. Doctors diagnosed her 4-year-old son with brain death, the cause being a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm.
The operation went smoothly. The girl feels well.
In the photo, you see a mother who came to listen to her child’s heart beating in the breast of another child.
In Ukraine, 30 children need transplantation. Every day, every minute, their parents are waiting for the main news – “There is a donor.”
The Heart Institute’s team:
Prof. Borys Todurov, Gavrylo Kovtun, Sofia Chaikovska, Vasyl Karpenko, Oleg Loskutov, Serhiy Sudakevych, Volodymyr Vashkeba, Vadym Sakalov, Igor Khomenko, Yevhen Krishtof, Alla Kolch, Ruslana Kireichikova, Tetyana Kropyvko, Maria Ternuschak, Iryna Grynchenko, Natalia Karpuk, Iryna Konyushok .
Transplant coordinator: cardiologist Anna Melnyk.