Tiny Heart Has Been Saved

April, 7, 2023

Little Milana was born prematurely, at 24 weeks of pregnancy, with an extremely low body weight – only 600 grams, and also with a congenital heart defect – an open ductus arteriosus, which usually closes after the birth of a child during the first days of life. If it is not closed in time and is large, the child cannot breathe on its own. The baby was treated in the Rivne maternity hospital for two weeks so that she would grow up a little.

Milanka was on artificial lung ventilation. When her weight reached 800 grams, the pediatric doctors of the Heart Institute, in order to save time and avoid stress for the child, went to the Rivne maternity hospital, where she underwent an open surgical operation. Nothing threatens life of the baby anymore. After timely intervention, such babies usually grow and develop well.

The team of the Heart Institute of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine:
Vasyl Karpenko, Volodymyr Vashkeba, Alla Kolch.

A special huge thanks to the administration of the Maternity Hospital of the Rivne City Council, and especially to Svitlana Muravska, as well as Olena Varava, a pediatric cardiorheumatologist, a functional diagnostics doctor.