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Thursday 14 November 2019

Wiktoria's new lease of life as 'surgeons happy' with her second liver transplant

Wiktoria Kubaczyk is making good progress in a London hospital
Wiktoria Kubaczyk is making good progress in a London hospital

Caroline Crawford

AN IRISH schoolgirl has been given a new lease of life after she received a second liver transplant at a London hospital.

Wiktoria Kubaczyk (8) from Headford, Co Galway had been in an induced coma in King's College hospital since undergoing an emergency transplant on July 30.

Her condition was critical as she awaited a second transplant -- after the initial donation proved unsuitable.

Surgeons had been desperately awaiting a matching liver for the past week and had contemplated using a partial donation from one of Wiktoria's parents, Mario and Anna, who have been at her bedside for the past two months. But they ruled it out as too risky.

On Saturday, her parents' prayers were answered when a suitable liver became available.

The schoolgirl underwent the second gruelling operation which saw four teams of surgeons operate for 12 hours.

Wiktoria is recovering well and surgeons hope to transfer her back to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin in Dublin within three weeks.

She is expected to remain in hospital until early next year.

"She's been through an awful lot but she's a marvellous little girl. It will make it much easier for her parents if she is transferred to Dublin," said family friend Fr Ray Flaherty.

"Apparently a second liver transplant is much more difficult than the first so they had been very worried about the outcome. But the liver seems to have taken and the surgeons are happy," added the parish priest in Headford.

In July, Wiktoria was flown by the Air Corps to King's College Hospital in London where doctors said she had only an hour to live without a donor liver.

As a result they had to perform the initial transplant with an unsuitable organ.

Doctors were able to wake Wiktoria from her induced coma for a short period last week and were happy with her progress.

They had feared that she might have suffered brain damage following the first emergency surgery.


"They were able to show her cartoons. While she couldn't talk, she recognised her parents. The doctors were happy because they were fearful of lasting damage," said Fr Flaherty.

The local Headford community has rallied around the family, who are originally from Poland but have been living in Galway for the past seven years. They have so far raised over €16,000 to help them cover their costs while in London.

"The response from the local community has been amazing. In one church collection we received two anonymous donations of €500 each and it's just great to see that,'' said Fr Flaherty.

People wishing to donate to the fund can do so through Bank of Ireland, the sort code is 90-38-75, account number 13510376.

Irish Independent

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