Porto hospital receives 1st Ukrainian patient

Poly-traumatised patient will need “several operations”

A poly-traumatised Ukrainian patient who arrived at São João Hospital in Porto on Thursday “is stable” but will need “several operations”, hospital officials said today.

“The patient is clinically stable. Some exams are being done to understand the severity of the injuries and plan the next interventions. She is, above all, happy.

“When she arrived and was received by her father, the happy faces of both will be the image we retain for the future”, Fernando Araújo, chairman of the board of the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de São João (CHUSJ) told Lusa.

At a press conference also attended by the service directors of Orthopaedics, António Sousa, and Urology, Carlos Silva, it was revealed that the patient, who travelled with her mother and daughter, “will require several operations”.

“This woman’s wound in almost exposed and therefore the need for several surgeries and a multidisciplinary approach is foreseen: Orthopaedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, in a process that will be long surely”, said António Sousa, adding that the patient presents a “complex fracture of the pelvis” and “the situation has become complicated with an infection”.

“Apparently, from the radiographic point of view, the evolution was being very favourable. These infections are very frequent because these are severe traumas, and there were no conditions in Ukraine to maintain follow-up”, he added.

“Hopefully, over the next three/ four weeks, we will have the situation practically resolved,” he concluded.

The patient’s name is Viiktoria. She is 37 years old and suffered her injuries in a hit-and-run accident weeks before the Russian invasion.

On Wednesday, the CHUSJ told Lusa that it would receive another patient from Ukraine that night, but a technical failure of the TAP plane postponed the transfer until Thursday.

Last week, São João Hospital said it had 138 beds available in various specialities, including paediatrics, to receive Ukrainian patients, if necessary.

Source: Lusa