Medics hail Luke a ‘miracle child’

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A Dromahair schoolboy is continuing his recovery after undergoing revolutionary treatment in King’s Hospital, London after he was given a just a 2% chance of surviving a rare genetic disorder.

A Dromahair schoolboy is continuing his recovery after undergoing revolutionary treatment in King’s Hospital, London after he was given a just a 2% chance of surviving a rare genetic disorder.

Luke Martindale (11) was transferred from Sligo to Dublin and then to King’s College Hospital, London when he became critically ill in January with Wilson’s Disease and it was feared he would be unable to undergo the necessary liver transplant he needed in order to save his life.

Detailing just how critical Luke was, his father Michael recalled: “They (the staff in King’s Hospital) said if he (Luke) gets onto the adult ward to get the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine put on him he has a 2% chance. They said once he had the (liver) transplant he had a 30% of survival”.

The ECMO machine is normally associated with patients recovering from heart or lung operations but on this occasion the decision was made to put Luke on the machine prior to his operation in order to give him a chance of survival.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer this week, Luke’s father said the procedure was “an experiment, but it saved our son’s life.”

See page 2 for more on this young boy’s miracle treatment.