Prague baby's heart saves life of little girl from Rome - press

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Prague, Aug 14 (CTK)

The heart of an infant from Prague saved the life of a baby girl in Rome recently, thanks to the European system of quick sharing of information on available human organs, daily Pravo writes today.

It says another Czech success in saving a human life abroad was last week's heart transplant in Kazakhstan, the first ever in Central Asia, accomplished by surgeon Jan Pirk.

When a one-year-old child died in Prague a week ago, his parents gave consent to his organs being donated to patients who may need them. The doctors entered the relevant data in the COORENOR system, the Internet server presenting the offer of and demand for human organs in each of the EU countries, Pravo writes.

The Italians were the first to react. "We received an answer from Rome in a minute after publishing our offer," Karel Brezovsky, head of the Czech Transplant Coordinating Centre (KST), has told the paper.

On Monday night, a private plane with a surgical team arrived in Prague, and on Tuesday morning the Czech infant's heart was given to a 11-month-old patient in Rome who had waited for a heart since April, Pravo continues, citing the Italian daily Il Messaggero.

A mere 27 hours elapsed between the offer's entry in COORENOR and the surgery in Rome.

"We keep in contact with Rome. The little girl fares well," Brezovsky is quoted as saying.

The KST previously launched the COORENOR server at the request of the European Commission which finances its operation.

If an available organ appears in an EU country and doctors find out that there is no suitable patient in the country to receive it, they use COORENOR to post the offer, mainly in the case of organs designed for a certain type of patients who would otherwise have a little chance of help, Brezovsky said.

For example, 97 percent of child patients die before a heart suitable for them is available, Brezovsky added.

Jan Pirk, well-known Czech surgeon from the Prague-seated Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), completed the first heart transplant in Central Asia in the newly opened national hearth surgical centre in Astana. Along with leading Kazakh surgeon Yuri Pya, they successfully transplanted the heart of a deceased woman to a 38-year-old local man, Pravo writes.


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