Fight to Breathe: Great Ormond Street: Introduction (01:17)
Every year, the hospital treats hundreds of children with failing lungs. Doctors help guide the children and their families on a medical journey.
Charlie's Transplant Consultation (04:33)
Lungs are the most complex organ to transplant and failure rates remain high. Doctors Paul Aurora and Helen Spencer list approximately 10 children per year on the transplant list. Charlie, 9-years-old, has cystic fibrosis; he and his family discuss his prognosis with Dr. Spencer.
Considering a Transplant (01:41)
Dr. Spencer believes Charlie should be listed for lung transplant soon. His parents believe that ultimately, the transplant should be Charlie's decision.
Jess is Ready for a Transplant (03:00)
Jess, 14-years-old, initially refused a lung transplant but is now on the waiting list; 25 percent die while waiting for donor lungs. Jess and her parents discuss the possible transplant with Dr. Spencer.
Chloe's Transplant (03:15)
Chloe, 11-years-old, has been waiting nearly a year for donor lungs and finally received a call for surgery. Dr. Victor Tsang and his team perform the operation. Chloe's parents are relieved at her appearance after surgery; the next 48 hours are critical.
Under-Developed Lungs (02:07)
Louie has lung hypoplasia and has been on Badger Ward for over a year. Dr. Colin Wallis fears Louie's lungs will not grow.
Assessing Louie's Case (04:18)
Louie celebrates his second birthday in the hospital. The transplant team considers Louie's prognosis and the possibility of transplant. Before a decision is reached, Louie's condition worsens.
Chloe's Recovery (01:59)
Transplant consultants closely supervise Chloe in isolation. She is not responding well to the transplant or her medications; her new lungs leak fluid.
Chloe's Condition Deteriorates (02:42)
Dr. Spencer is worried about Chloe and her survival; Chloe is experiencing difficulties with other organs. Doctors assess her case and decide to insert medical talcum powder onto the surface of her lungs.
Charlie's Short Wait (03:56)
Charlie was on the transplant list for 10 days before a match became available. He asks questions about post-surgery; Charlie is looking forward to the surgery.
Charlie's Transplant (03:32)
Dr. Nagarajan Muthialu leads the operation; doctors have six hours to attach the new lungs to Charlie's blood supply. Dr. Muthialu discusses the surgery with Charlie's parents.
Jess Wants a Transplant (02:57)
Jess continues to wait for donor lungs. She received a call from Great Ormond, but the lungs were not a good match.
Louie's Prognosis (04:50)
Doctors suggest that Louie have a tracheostomy; his mother does not want to do it unless it will save his life. The medical staff discusses Louie's case. A tracheostomy could rule out a transplant.
Charlie's Recovery (01:48)
Doctors closely monitor Charlie for signs of infection and rejection. His parents worry that something will go wrong.
Jess' Transplant (05:28)
Jess arrives at Great Ormond for a transplant. The retrieval team learns there is a slight risk of cancer in the donor organs; Jess and her family decide to proceed with the operation.
Chloe's Health Improves (02:05)
Dr. Spencer visits with Chloe and her mother. Chloe leaves ICU and begins building strength; three months later she goes home.
Louie's Assessment (05:08)
Louie undergoes necessary tests to determine transplant list acceptance. Dr. Aurora discusses transplantation with Louie's parents; he will join the transplant list. Louie's oxygen levels dropped during the night and his heart stopped; staff could not resuscitate him.
Patient Update (03:28)
Charlie walks the hospital corridors 11 days after his transplant; he leaves the hospital six weeks after surgery. Jess makes a rapid recovery after her operation. Chloe is back at school.
Credits: Fight to Breathe: Great Ormond Street, Series 3 (00:37)
Credits: Fight to Breathe: Great Ormond Street, Series 3
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