“Thousands of thanks for so much love”: after the heart transplant, four-year-old Isidro was discharged

MAR DEL PLATA.- And this long-awaited day has arrived. No longer that of the appearance of a donor and the immediate successful transplant and the great anticipation of his recovery. This is the one from High medicalwho arrived this afternoon to leave the Italian hospital where he waited more than eight months for a heart and spent the last 19 days in recovery stage.

Isidro, 4, is the son of Sebastian Gastaldi and Laura Aladro, a former goalkeeper for the Argentine women’s field hockey team, better known as Las Leonas. From this threshold of connections between sports and other areas of public life, they were able to launch an information campaign in search of the heart that the child needs, but also of general awareness of the possibility of life for others, which organ donation means.

“We were discharged! 9 months and 11 days. Thank you so much for so much love” We thank the donor family. The three of us came and the three of us are leaving,” the parents announced on their social networks with a photo of them together with Isidro, once again outdoors.

The transplant was performed on August 19 in the Italian hospital where the patient was admitted at the end of last December, when the open heart disease posed a risk and required very careful and specific monitoring and care, even with the intervention of the latest generation technology.

Since then, Isidro has been among the priorities on the national emergency list of cardiac patients Unique Central National Institute for Ablation and Implant Coordination (Incucai).

During these more than eight months, he had the constant presence of his parents and the attention of the medical staff of the institution, always highlighted in the posts that the Gastaldi Aladro family periodically sent from the social media account @uncorazonparaIsi.

The last Instagram post before discharge is from yesterday and shows Isidro walking steadily down the hospital corridors wearing the Boca T-shirt that has the 10 on the back and his name at shoulder height. “Walking greeting for friends of health,” reads the caption of the video, which shows him shaking hands with doctors, nurses and assistants and some of his family after such a stay within these walls.

“We have beautiful news,” he says THE NATION the head of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Pediatric Heart Transplantation, Jorge Barreta, just judged that Isidro You can continue your rehabilitation at home and in the family environment that has its roots in the city of Tandil in Buenos Aires. “He was in the hospital for almost ten months and he’s gone,” he said, happy and satisfied.

Cautious during this stage of recovery, the medical team is only now agreeing to provide details of this story, which began last November 27, when a boy who appeared to be healthy had a heart condition –myocarditis– which required him to stay in the hospital.

“During the hospitalization, a drug was used that was increased to support his cardiopulmonary function until technology had to be used,” Barretta described the two stages this treatment took. First, an artificial heart system known as Ecmo with connections that should not exceed two weeks as it can lead to major complications.

Five days later, a superior option became available with a Berlin Heart device, to which he was connected for almost seven months, allowing him to lead an almost normal life during the period of hospitalization, and from which he only recently came out during the first part of the surgical procedure to perform a heart transplant. The more complex pq is in two stages. “First it was necessary to disassemble the artificial heart, which carries one part inside the body and another outside, and then coordinate the arrival of the organ,” explained the professional.

Regarding the post-operative period, he emphasizes that he never caused inconvenience and considers it “standard”, typical for any transplanted boy. “He’s doing very well, above average recovery,” he acknowledged of a completed stage that still leaves a path for patient care going forward, with outpatient follow-up.

In line with the outcome, Barretta noted that the case became public and added to the widespread dissemination of the message of organ donation. “Organ donation in pediatrics is very important,” emphasizes the specialist and highlights the difficulties in finding organs according to the size of children like Isidro.

Appreciate the contribution of Justin Lowe on this issue, but believes that more can still be done by the community. And add to that the availability of tools, technology and professionals to perform this type of complex procedure. “The donation is to empower the patient,” he insists. Isidro had it. And he’s home now.

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