St George’s Hospital Charity fund life-saving Fetal Endoscopic equipment

10 May 2021
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Tonight marks the final episode of the docuseries Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles on Channel 4.



To co-inside with each episode, we have been sharing stories of our amazing fundraisers, supporters and the incredible grants that we have provided to support the Fetal Medicine Unit at St George’s Hospital. 

We are delighted to announce that in February 2021, St George’s Hospital Charity awarded a grant to purchase medical equipment which enables the provision of a new, highly specialised and complex prenatal fetal surgical intervention.

Severe Fetal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) which is a birth defect of the diaphragm, is a rare but life-threatening condition.

Before we awarded this impactful grant, only three centres in Europe (Kings College Hospital London, Barcelona and Leuven) were able to provide fetal endoscopic surgery for this condition. Now, following an extensive trial, St George’s Hospital is also able to undertake fetal therapy for severe cases of fetal CDH.

Professor Basky Thilaganathan, Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital is one of the few Surgeons in the United Kingdom who can perform this life-saving surgery. With his expertise and the grant awarded by St George’s Hospital Charity to purchase specialised equipment, it will mean that other trained staff will be able to provide improved access to specialised care alongside the provision of Fetal Surgery for CDH at short notice.

The long term ambition is that St George’s Hospital will become the national centre for treatment of this condition.

We are delighted to have been able to support the Fetal Medicine Unit and support the team in providing outstanding care for our patients.

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