Pupils Scrub-Up to Perform Mock Heart Surgery
Year 5 pupils turned surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses when they took part in mock heart transplant surgery during a very special science lesson.
Under the expert guidance of Dr Julian Barker, Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist at the University Hospital of South Manchester, the nine and ten year-olds gowned-up to perform the intricate operation.
The lesson included the delivery of a healthy ‘heart’ to the School by ambulance followed by its emergency transplant in a life-like operating theatre, with a few unexpected difficulties to overcome along the way.
Dr Barker, who has delivered the lesson in the Junior School for the past few years said: “The activity exposes the children to some careers they might never have thought of. It’s very easy to concentrate on the surgical side of it but there are also the nurses, the perfusionists and the drivers who rush donor hearts to the hospital. Mostly though, it gives pupils a fun insight into a unique and life-changing moment in someone’s life.”
Year 5 pupil, Benjy said: “Some of the pictures were gory but I thought it was awesome!”