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Saturday, 10 October 2015

DNR Doctors Saved Baby from LNR with Unique Skin Transplant Operation

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Today, Professor Emil Fistal, Director of the Gusak Institute of Emergency Reconstructive Surgery, told us that specialists at the Donetsk Burn Centre saved the life of an infant girl from the LNR by performing a complex skin transplant operation:

In the middle of September, a two-week-old girl came to us from Lugansk in serious condition. She had extensive necrosis of the skin. To save her, we had to perform a risky and complex operation to transplant skin tissue from the mother to the child. In my 50 years of medical practise, this was only the third such operation performed on a newborn. Implementation of such procedures in practical usage is extremely rare. Today our little patient feels well; we’re ready to discharge the baby.

The Donetsk Burn Centre is the informal name of the Department of Thermal Damage at the Gusak Institute of Emergency Reconstructive Surgery. It started operations in 1999 as part of the Oblast Central Hospital. Its specialists saved hundreds of lives of children and adults with burns of varying severity. One of the most severely injured patients at the facility was a 7-year-old boy wounded in the 24 September terakt* at the Torez Polygon*. Doctors continue to fight for his life.

  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”
  • Polygon: Russian colloquialism for a military base, due to polygonal concrete blocks on the drill ground and airfields

9 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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