We’re glad to announce the end of a fundraiser to help treat newborns with birth asphyxia. Thanks to the “Open Eyes” foundation, and a couple of local IT companies (SoftServe, Eleks, Equipment for Business LLC, and Perfectial), the Lviv Children’s Hospital now has the proper equipment for anesthesiology in the newborns intensive care unit.

The purchased equipment which includes systems for moderate hypothermia (BLANKETROL III) and 5-channel encephalograph EEG CFM [aEEG] is used to treat perinatal asphyxia. It is a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen that lasts long enough during the birth process to cause a sufficient brain damage that can result in developmental delay, physical or intellectual disability.

Doctors in the USA and Europe have been using moderate hypothermia to treat perinatal asphyxial encephalopathy for over 10 years now. However, it is a relatively new method for Ukraine. “Sadly, the routine treatment of infants that suffered from birth asphyxia only involves the support of vital organs functioning. And with this method we can avoid or lower the consequences of the condition that can cause cerebral palsy, loss of hearing or vision, significant developmental delay, autism, epilepsy and other diseases associated with the oxygen deprivation of newborns ”, – notes the professor of Pediatric Department Yuriy Korzhynskyi.

The hypothermia treatment involves reducing body temperature to 33-34 °C for 72 hours to reduce cerebral injury and improve neurologic function after asphyxia. Lviv city children’s hospital received the equipment at the end of June, and two infants have already undergone the treatment. With the new equipment, Lviv joins 4 other cities in Ukraine that now have the ability to treat newborns with this severe condition. Annually, about 20 infants undergo treatment for perinatal asphyxia in Lviv children’s hospital.

“Perfectial is pleased to have joined such a noble initiative of the Open Eyes charity and have helped provide the funds to purchase this important equipment. Social responsibility is a part of our company’s identity, and it’s important for us to help, where we can, to give access to the very best, whether it’s medical care or an education”, – says Perfectial’s CEO, Andryi Skoropad.