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
“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.