Two-year-old Briton made a diaphragm of pig skin
In the UK, the first case of transplantation of pig skin to a man has been fixed. This person was a two-year-old Eve Phillipson (Eve Phillipson), which was diagnosed in the fetal period as “congenital diaphragmatic hernia.” On ultrasound examination at 12 weeks of pregnancy, doctors noticed that the fetus had too much fluid in the area of ??the back, and then after three weeks the diagnosis was confirmed. The case was complicated by the fact that the girl’s thorax and abdominal cavity were not simply divided – her diaphragm was absent almost completely. Eve was connected to the life support device immediately after birth, and already at the age of one week she was first operated on – she was placed with an artificial implant. However, the baby’s body did not accept it, the patient’s health began to deteriorate. Living tissues were needed.
Doctors offered the mother a variant that can be called innovative: create her daughter a diaphragm made of pig skin. The chances of survival after such an operation in Iv were not more than 50%, but without it they aspired to zero. Rebecca, the mother of Eve, gave her consent. During a five-hour surgical procedure, the diaphragm was sewn from the muscles of the abdominal wall of the child, and then sterilized pigskin skin, freed from all pig cells, was used to strengthen the resulting organ. Although Eve still needs artificial ventilation and additional oxygen, the operation was recognized as successful. The girl’s condition gradually improves, she behaves – of course, taking into account the apparatus of artificial ventilation – like any other child: she plays and rejoices. Perhaps in the future, artificial ventilation will not be needed, but it is still too early to talk about it. Nevertheless, the mother of Eve called the event “a ray of hope for all those children who have just been diagnosed”.