Little Grześ was born with a seperated esophogus. Polish doctors stepped in to save his life and prospects for a promising future

Grześ was born with an esophagus with a 7 cm gap . It is a type of birth defect that affects one in four thousand patients. Fortunately, he went to prof. Dariusz Patkowski, who specializes in treating patients with a pioneering and low invasive method called thoracoscopy. What is this procedure?

A fragmented esophagus in a newborn

Grześ was the first dream child of Marta and Szymon Mroczkowski.❤️ A week before the delivery, during the ultrasound examination, the parents found out that the boy would probably be born with a defect. The doctor’s suspicions turned out to be confirmed.

– He was missing about 7 cm of esophagus. He couldn’t swallow, he had to be constantly suctioned – said  Marta.

– If he started to eat, he could get pulmonary aspiration or he could choke the boy’s father added.

To prevent this from happening, the baby had to be fed through a gastrostomy, i.e. a tube that was inserted through the hole in the abdominal wall into the stomach.

A commonly used method of treating a defected esophagus is open chest surgery, which can be dangerous for young patients and ends up with large scars. Fortunately, Grześ found his way to a Wroclaw surgeon, Professor Dariusz Patkowski, who specializes in treating patients with the method called thoracoscopy.

The doctor was the first in Poland to perform the procedure in this way sixteen years ago and today he has performed over 200 such operations. He trains physicians all over the world, and recently saved a 6-month-old patient from Ireland, who was unable to get help from British specialists.

Thoracoscopy – what does the procedure look like?

Prof. Patkowski inserted surgical tools and a miniature camera into Grześ’s chest through small incisions. Thanks to the enlarged image, by controlling the devices, the doctors were able to create the continuity of the esophagus, that is, using a special thread, sewing its two previously blocked ends together.

– This is a large distance. In order to connect both ends together, we must bring them gradually closer to each other under tension – explained prof. Patkowski. 👋

The case of Grześ was extremely difficult, so Wrocław specialists had to perform as many as seven such procedures. The boy is fine now. 👋😄

– He swallows normally. What he eats ends up in the stomach,  Szymon said.

– He likes raspberry porridge a lot, he likes tomato flavors, he likes meat and rabbit- the baby’s mother added happily.

Keep up the good work, doctors! 👍

(source: Dzien dobry TVN)

 

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