|Posted by Eurovision On Top on December 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM|
"It has been evolving all very well," said the doctor who operated singer Salvador Sobral on Friday afternoon. Miguel Abecasis was speaking to journalists at a press conference that took place this Saturday at 18.00. in the Santa Cruz Hospital in Carnaxide, where the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is recovering.
On waking up, Salvador Sobral, 27, "thanked the team," said the cardiothoracic surgeon. "And he said it with a good voice," added José Pedro Neves, director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital Center of Western Lisbon. The press conference took place less than 24 hours after the intervention. "I can say that Salvador is very excited, very well-disposed," said the doctor Miguel Abecasis, who operated the interpreter of Amar Pelos Dois. The intervention took the "normal" time, about 4 hours.
"He has been waiting for many months, been hospitalized for many months, surrounded by cardiologists, a huge team, there were several clinical decisions in the management of this patient and yesterday it was time to have your heart and Dr. Miguel [Abecassis] proceeded to surgery, "said the director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery department of this hospital, the same where, 31 years ago, Eva Pinto became the first person to receive a heart transplant in Portugal.
The news that a compatible heart existed was received "naturally," the clinician said. "We were talking to him, he realized the difficulties of this type of procedure, so he was very well prepared." The heart failure of Salvador Sobral led the singer to say goodbye to the stage on September 8. At the end of that month he was hospitalized, waiting for a compatible organ.
"It could have been earlier, it could have been later. It was now because only now the conditions all came together," said Miguel Abecasis.
Between the time it is known that a heart is available and the decision to proceed to surgery measures "between 4 to 6 hours," said the surgeon. The time required to assess compatibility with the receiver. In this case, Salvador Sobral.
Details about the donor do not exist. "Impossible," he said firmly, Jose Pedro Neves. The identity will remain anonymous.
Physicians at the press conference: José Pedro Neves, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Service of the West Lisbon Hospital Center José Manuel Correia, Clinical Director of the same Center, and Miguel Abecasis, Head of Service, the surgeon who operated Salvador Sobral.
The singer said "three things" to the doctor before the operation: "[He asked me] If I was in shape, to which I replied yes, if we could put music and I asked what music he wanted, he said classical music; who sensitized me a lot, wished me luck, "revealed Miguel Abecasis.
Interned in intensive care, there is a period of convalescence. "There are a lot of cautions to take in these first two weeks. It is a long recovery that will again involve a number of professionals," said the surgeon.
The medication will accompany the life of Salvador, but, although cautious, Miguel Abecasis, affirms that "if everything goes well, it will fall in the group of 85% that, at the age of five, has a normal life." For now, it remains in the Hospital of Santa Cruz, with no date of exit.
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