Saving Kids

Episode Guide

Episode 6

Series 1 · Episode 6

One year-old Matthew has spent most of his short life in hospital because his kidneys don’t work. Although he looks healthy, Matthew has been kept alive by dialysis machines. His only chance for a normal life is a kidney transplant and Matthew’s mum is a compatible donor. But as their specialist says, fitting an adult-sized kidney into a child is like “stuffing a football into a purse” and doctors must work out why Matthew’s not growing big enough for the operation. Also, Liam, who suffers an extreme form of epilepsy, has the extraordinary operation to try and get rid of his horrible seizures. Working deep inside the brain, his neurosurgeon must divide a fragile band of tissue and separate the two halves of Liam’s brain. And Fraser, the two year-old with scoliosis, a life-threatening curvature of the spine. After just one treatment, his spine is straighter and Fraser’s much healthier and happier.

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