Doctors traveled 1,000 kilometers to save two palm-sized babies

The crumbs were barely breathing – the doctors were in time

In order to save the children, the surgeons of the Krasnoyarsk cardiology center, the head of the children’s department Pavel Teplov and the resuscitator Mikhail Popov, had to travel to the capital of Buryatia – Ulan-Ude. The condition of both babies did not allow them to be safely transported over long distances.

One of the young patients weighed only 810 grams. He was born in the regional center and was urgently redirected to the republican hospital. The child needed urgent correction of a hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus.

The second baby weighed 1.4 kg. Doctors diagnosed him with a congenital malformation of the great vessels, which prevents the development of the lungs. The baby was in a very serious condition, and resuscitation was required to stabilize the condition.

“In both cases, it was impossible to hesitate with surgical intervention, but it was not possible to transfer premature patients to the federal cardiology center in Krasnoyarsk safely for babies,” the press service of the Cardiocenter reported.

The Buryat doctors were faced with the task of preparing children for surgery, while the Krasnoyarsk cardiac surgeons were sent to Ulan-Ude.

This story has a happy ending. Operations for both babies were successful. Two little lives were saved

  • We discussed cooperation and came to an agreement that we will operate on some types of defects on the spot, in the conditions of the children’s republican hospital. This is very important for the successful outcome of the intervention and nursing, especially in premature patients with extremely low body weight. Therefore, when children appeared with indications for urgent surgical treatment, the anesthesiologist and I flew to Ulan-Ude. The operations were successful, now both babies are under the supervision of neonatologists, – says Pavel Teplov.

In addition to the operation, Krasnoyarsk specialists also consulted children with complex heart defects. Soon they will come to Krasnoyarsk for treatment at the Federal Center for Cardiovascular Surgery.