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MADRID (Reuters) – The lifetime of a two-month-old Spanish lady was saved by pioneering surgical procedure when docs transplanted a small coronary heart that had stopped beating from a donor with a distinct blood kind, Hospital Gregorio Maranon mentioned on Monday.
“It was twice the magic,” mentioned Juan Miguel Gil Jaurena, head of kids’s cardiac surgical procedure on the Madrid hospital, explaining that such methods didn’t exist for younger kids three years in the past and had by no means earlier than been used on a child so small.
The case opens the way in which to saving extra infants who want coronary heart transplants and are too younger to make use of ventricular assist gadgets till they get a appropriate donor.
The operation was sophisticated as a result of the donor was at a hospital in a distinct Spanish area and the guts had stopped beating for a couple of minutes, requiring a restoration process. The hospital didn’t disclose particulars concerning the donor.
The child lady, Naiara, had been identified with a congenital coronary heart illness earlier than she was born and weighed solely 3.2 kilograms when the surgical procedure was carried out.
“She is the smallest child we’ve had for a coronary heart transplant, and 24 hours earlier than the surgical procedure her situation worsened quite a bit. Had she not obtained a coronary heart (transplant), she would in all probability not be right here,” mentioned Manuela Camino, head of the youngsters’s cardiac transplant unit.
Naiara is recovering on the hospital.
With 37.four donors per million individuals, Spain final yr was the world chief in transplants, based on the worldwide database on donation and transplantation of the World Well being Group (WHO) dealt with by the Spanish Transplant Group (ONT).
Reporting by Emma Pinedo, modifying by Inti Landauro, Andrei Khalip and Ed Osmond
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