Dr.Serge Davorak, ICU Specialist, provided the following update for the regarding the successful training he received.
During our time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital we were able to learn new techniques, nutritional feeding methods, and organizational efficiencies that continue to make an enormous impact on the lives of our young patients in Minsk. Important knowledge was gained related to diaphragmatic hernias and necrotizing enterocolitis (a gastrointestinal disease that mostly affects premature infants). We specifically focused on techniques and feeding methods that would help decrease the mortality rate for infants. We were taught that prior to surgery for diaphragmatic hernia, the pulmonary artery pressure should be checked to make sure it is low. This greatly increases the chance for a successful surgery. In the past the success rate in Belarus has been very low for this type of surgery. The information and knowledge we received has enhanced the recovery rate for babies that have received this kind of surgery.
Infant Polyna is showing the scar from her surgery. The doctors patiently waited for the best possible condition before her surgery. Polyna had a difficult condition and was born with no diaphragm and an abnormally small right lung. The doctors conducted a successful surgery to reconstruct the diaphragm.
Baby Nastya was day old in this picture when she was diagnosed with diaphragmatic hernia. Prior to receiving important training in Cincinnati, doctors would have rushed her into surgery and hope she would survive. Since the doctors learned how to prepare the small patients before surgery and wait until the conditions are most favorable for surgery, little Nastya now has nothing but a bright future ahead of her.