A baby miraculously born in Romania in the living conditions even though almost no gut. With only 10 cm intestine, the baby is even still alive until he was 8 months although they had to immediately get a bowel transplant.
Baby named Andrei who is now 9 months old surprised the doctors because no one thought would survive that long. He was born prematurely on July 27, 2011 in the small town of Tecuci, Romania weighing less than 1.8 kg.
More recently, a number of donors from Europe and the United States offered to help this baby to fly to the United States. In the country, Andrei expected to undergo intestinal transplant surgery so he could live much longer.
“Help has arrived, especially from abroad and non-governmental organizations,” said Dr. Catalin Cirstoveanu, head of the neonate at the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital, Bucharest as quoted by the Washington Post.
Operating costs estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, far beyond the capabilities of Andrei’s parents who come from the gypsies in eastern Romania. Even the average income of residents Romania alone each month is only about U.S. $ 460.
Andrei intestine transplant operation for a very urgent thing to do, because until the current age he has only 10 cm long intestine. For comparison, in normal conditions the average age a baby has a 3 meter long intestine.
Without the operation, estimated Andrei will be difficult to survive more than 3 months. Although reportedly looked cheerful and loved the contact with the people around him, Andrei still had to be placed in an incubator because his condition is weak.
“He should be dead now, but he has a chance. But he needed surgery as soon as possible. This is very urgent,” said Dr. Cirstoveanu.
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