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West Lothian Toddler First To Have Surgery Using Pioneering Technology

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

An 18-month-old girl from West Lothian is among the first in Scotland to benefit from new state-of-the-art equipment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh funded by donations to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Rowan Crombie, who lives with her parents in Philpstoun, West Lothian, underwent major keyhole surgery at the hospital after developing a rare condition caused by a cyst close to her liver.

Keith Crombie, Rowan's father, said: "Over the last 12 months Rowan started to develop episodes of sickness which gradually became more frequent.

"It was discovered that Rowan's condition was due to a choledochal cyst in her common bile duct. The cyst caused the duct to become swollen and painful and in order to fix it surgeons at the hospital had to carry out a hepato-duodenostomy. Using the new surgical equipment the doctors were able to perform the operation via keyhole rather than open surgery.

"During a two and a half hour operation the surgeons removed Rowan's gall bladder and most of the bile duct along with the cyst to enable the bile from her liver to drain more efficiently. It was a major operation, however, the fact it was keyhole surgery has been much better for Rowan in the long run as she suffered less discomfort and took less time to heal. It also reduced the problem of scarring which means instead of scars which would have grown with her she only has tiny incision marks which will fade with time.

"The whole experience has been incredibly tough but thankfully Rowan is recovering well. The doctors have been very happy with her recovery and she was discharged from hospital two days after her operation. Since then she's been doing incredibly well at home."

Mr Gordon MacKinlay, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and Past President of the International Pediatric Endoscopic Surgery Group, explains: "Having the new upgrade to our OR1 keyhole surgery equipment provided by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation has been a huge benefit to the hospital.

"The new wide screen high definition monitors make operating on very small children safer - anyone who has HD TV at home will understand the difference in clarity of the new HD system. As a surgeon who has been carrying out keyhole surgery for almost 20 years, I can say it is truly fantastic to be able to see the area we are operating on with such clarity and definition.

"Our original OR1 keyhole surgery equipment was installed in 2004 and was the first of its kind in a European children's hospital but since then this amazing technology has been developed further and the new upgrade has once again returned Edinburgh to the cutting edge of keyhole surgery.

"Rowan's case was improved considerably thanks to the new equipment and she is the first of many children from across Scotland who will benefit."

Thanks to the OR1 surgery system, Edinburgh is recognised world-wide as a leader in paediatric keyhole surgery.

Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: "I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who raised funds for SKFF and contributed to the £100,000 needed to fund the OR1 upgrade project. We have so many fantastic supporters from every corner of the country, and beyond, and it is wonderful to be able to show them that their valuable contributions are helping change and save lives."

"The Royal Hospital for Sick Children has become an internationally renowned centre for keyhole surgery and, more importantly, the new keyhole surgery equipment we have helped fund has ensured that many children across Scotland will receive the very best possible care."

Since Rowan's operation, her father, Keith has raised more than £850 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and is currently planning a sponsored skydive.






The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit http://www.edinburghsickkids.org/




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation