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Decisions for Life

Episode 5 of 6

Documentary series. Following the doctors and surgeons of Great Ormond's Cardiothoracic Department as they treat new born babies with complex heart problems.

The hospital's Cardiothoracic Department treats new born babies with complex heart problems. Many are diagnosed before they are even born and improvements in surgical techniques mean that more of these babies are surviving.

Short term survival rates are on the rise, however a long life expectancy is the real measure of success. Surgeons and doctors, together with parents, must decide whether or not to embark on difficult surgery knowing that in some cases, the outcomes remain uncertain.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Emma Hindley
Executive Producer Emma Hindley


Find out about the complex issues surrounding children's treatment

The right to decide; the child, the parent, the medical professionals - who decides?