Haitian baby recovers after surgery in UK

Haitian baby recovers after surgery in UK

Wide-eyed and alert, three-month-old Haitian earthquake survivor Landina Seignon today appeared unaware of the interest her plight has attracted.

Two days after receiving crucial surgery at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, the infant faced the cameras as she continued to recover from the procedure.

And although the injured tot has a long way to go before she can be given the all clear, things appeared to have gone well.

Doctors said they were “extremely happy” with the little girl’s progress.

Landina was already in hospital in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck.

She had been admitted for a burn injury to her head.

But a scheduled operation to remove dead bone from her skull never happened as the hospital was one of many buildings that collapsed when the magnitude 7.0 quake hit.

Her mother is believed to among the 200,000-plus dead.

Landina survived, but only just.

She was left in a critical condition and suffered horrific injuries, resulting in the amputation of an arm.

Medics rated her chances of survival as slim. Her head injuries left her with a significant risk of brain infection, necessitating an operation that experts deemed would not be unavailable in the stricken nation.

But plans to evacuate the three-month-old to the UK for treatment were initially blocked by the US military who refused to allow her to leave the country due to lack of papers.

But the Haitian Ministry of Health eventually gave permission for her to be airlifted to the UK for the operation, which took place on Wednesday.

Mr David Dunaway, surgeon at Great Ormond Street hospital and a trustee of Facing the World – the charity funding her treatment, appeared pleased with the way it went.

He said: “The Craniofacial team at Great Ormond Street were extremely happy with Landina’s progress.

“The area of dead bone has been removed which reduces the likelihood of additional infection.

“A special vacuum dressing has been applied to support and will be looked at in the next few days. The wounds on her leg and arm were redressed and are healing well.

Dr Dunaway added: “There is no doubt that bringing Landina to this country was the only way for her to receive the complex care that she needs.

“The Facing the World team and surgeons from both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster will look after her until her wounds heal.”

She is currently recovering on a ward.

Once she is well enough, Landina will be repatriated to Haiti, where authorities are attempting to track down the injured girl’s surviving .

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