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Harley Street Clinic saves 'doomed' three-year-old boy

Harley Street Clinic saves 'doomed' three-year-old boy
Denis Aleksandrovich being treated at The Harley Street Clinic

Unique Harley Street Clinic paediatric team save three year old Denis after doctors in two other countries said there was no hope!


In March this year three-year-old Denis Aleksandrovich was given two days to live yet now he is alive and well thanks to the heroic efforts of a team of British doctors at the Harley Street Clinic.

Doctors in Russia and Israel both said that they were unable to help the Russian youngster. A tumour originally in his spine had spread to his oesophagus and was obstructing all but 3mm of his windpipe. In their opinion this made it impossible to even anaesthetise him.

By the time he arrived in the UK he was choking and struggling to breathe.  He was seen by Dr Stergios Zacharoulis, a leading paediatric oncologist based at Harley Street Clinic who did think that there was a good chance that Denis could make it through surgery.

 Within 24 hours he had helped to gather a team of six consultants from four different hospital trusts. Denis had an eight hour operation – during which four different surgeons operated on him at the Harley Street Clinic and removed a water melon sized mass. 

The previously terminally child has since been out running around in the park.

“The speed with which people from a very high level came together to give this boy the best possible chance was amazing,” says Dr Zacharoulis.

“Before this surgery this little boy was in major discomfort.  He has made the most fantastic recovery.”

Denis is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the Harley Street Clinic.

Harley Street News: 16 May 2012