The new children's clinic in Skopje Macedonia, which was established early this year with the help of several Rotary clubs (under the leadership of Springfield South Rotarian Lee Malany) and Hospital Sisters Mission Sisters Outreach, has performed its first liver transplant!

Here's an excerpt from an email report to Lee Malany from Lazar Zakovski in Macedonia:



The University Children's Surgery Clinic has successfully completed the first liver transplant on the 23rd of September.

The case was a 6 month old boy, that was accepted at the clinic in a terminal phase, with heavy cirrhosis on the liver. A liver transplant was the only solution that would save the life of the child. The organ donor was the mother of the boy, who has donated 20% of the liver, states the announcement from the clinic.

Because of the complexity of the operation and the difficult post-operative condition of the patient, the boy is currently in intensive care, under mechanic ventilation and 24-hour surveillance by KARIL doctors and the staff from the children's clinic.

The transplant was completed with the help of a team of doctors from the MERCUR hospital in Zagreb, as well as the complete staff from the children's surgery clinic, led by the director Dr. Risto Simeonov and the coordinator Dr. Vladimir Cadikovski.

The Clinic for Children's surgery successfully performed a kidney transplant in 2009 for a child patient.

We will not stop here. With the equipment that we received from the Ministry of Health and the donation from the US Ministry of Defense, the US Embassy and the Netherlands Embassy, we are ready to face the biggest challenges within the field of children's surgery. Within the next 4 months we have planned three kidney transplants, in order to justify the funds that we received from FZOM, states the announcement from Risto Simeonov, the clinic's director.