Seriously ill Iraqi children undergo treatment in Prague
Within the framework of a humanitarian aid project 18 seriously ill Iraqi children were flown from Basra to Prague in recent months to receive specialized medical care unavailable in their homeland. Thirteen of them had serious heart defects the rest had severe burns and injuries. This week cardio specialists at Prague's Motol hospital met with the press to report on their progress. Dr. Jan Skovranek is head of the Motol cardio centre for young children:
"We performed cardio surgery on 13 young Iraqi children all with complex congenital heart defects. The anomalies were very complex and the children were sent to us very late with deep hypoxemia and high hematocrit levels and so on and so on ...really very critical heart anomalies. And we are happy that we have had no deaths. Twelve out of thirteen children are back in Iraq in very good condition and the last child is still in our department getting post-operative care. "
"These were children who were seriously ill, but at the same time they had a good prognosis, i.e. a high probability of surviving surgery and good outlooks for healing. These decisions were made by our doctors in consultation with specialists in Prague."
I understand that the equipment available was not the latest so it was fairly difficult work but you apparently made some excellent diagnoses under the circumstances...
Thirteen children have been successfully operated on and -with the exception of one -are now back home recovering very well indeed. Are you happy with the way this project went?
Although the Czech field hospital has now ended its mission in Basra, the Czech government is seeking ways to continue helping Iraqi children.