Massive operation to transfer four-year-old child with Streptococcus A to Israel

A four-year-old girl who is being treated in hospital in critical condition after being diagnosed with Streptococcus A, is to be transferred to Israel for further treatment, Cypriot authorities said on Wednesday. The permanent secretary of the Health Ministry, Christina Yiannaki, said that this is “one of the largest operations” set up by the Ministry, with the aim of saving the child.

Yiannakis told CNA earlier in the day that, a team of doctors was expected to arrive from the Israeli Tel Hashomer hospital, at around 2pm, with special, extracorporeal circulation equipment to make possible the transportation of the girl to Israel within the day.

According to Dr. Yiannakis, the operation is expected to last about four hours, and noted that, “this is one of the largest operations set up by the Ministry of Health, with the aim of saving the child”.

She also noted that the health condition of the four-year-old girl remained critical.

The four-year-old was diagnosed with flu last Wednesday and was receiving medication on the instructions of her pediatrician, but, after her condition deteriorated, she was taken to the Makarios Hospital on Sunday where she tested positive for streptococcus.

Due to the seriousness of her condition, the four-year-old was intubated.