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Haitian baby, Landina, to undergo surgery tomorrow

16 February 2010

Richard Hayward, Professor of Paediatric Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH) explains:

"She is an incredibly robust little baby who has gone through so much already but she is bright, alert and healthy.

"Tests carried out since her arrival have shown Landina has a healthy brain but the damage to her cranial bone is so severe that it would be impossible to operate on her in a field hospital.

"The team at Great Ormond Street Hospital intend to operate tomorrow (Wednesday) to remove the dead bone from her skull and remain cautiously optimistic about her recovery but we will not be able to say more until after the operation.  It is likely that she will need further operations including skin grafts to her head."

Sarah Driver-Jowitt, Executive Coordinator, Facing the World:
"It is a huge relief to know Landina is in the right environment for her to start her journey towards recovery.  Of course this is only the first step and we are working hard to fundraise to pay for the medical care she requires."

Contact information:

GOSH-ICH Press Office: 020 7239 3125
Email: barbej@gosh.nhs.uk
For genuine and urgent out of hours call speak to switchboard on 020 7405 9200

Notes to editors

The hosptial is not currenlty putting up a spokesperson for comment on this patiient.

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