Birmingham Children’s Hospital is set to feature in BBC2’s ground-breaking documentary series Surgeons: At the Edge of Life.
The landmark documentary series explores the life-changing surgery being carried out in Birmingham every day. Although primarily filmed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, episode four which airs next Tuesday (30 April), focuses on the outstanding clinical teams here at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as the crew follow the stories of two of our sick children.
In the first story, we see David Barron, Consultant Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, carry out an intricate 12-hour operation to reconstruct the blood supply between three-year-old Madison’s heart and lungs. This rarely performed, multi-stage procedure requires extraordinary stamina and skill on the part of the surgical team who need to stop Madison’s heart in order to treat her.
The second story sees transplant surgeons Liam McCarthy and Khalid Sharif, perform complex surgery to transplant doting father Lee’s kidney into his two-year-old son Isaac, in a bid to prevent him needing dialysis. Watch how the team undertake the challenge to fit an adult kidney safely into the body of a two-year-old, and to make the connections quickly, before the organ begins to degrade.
Tune in to BBC2 on Tuesday 30 April at 9pm to watch this special episode.