St George’s Hospital, London, has received two neonatal laparoscopic instrument sets, which will be the first to be used in the UK. The sets, which cost over £20,000, were bought by the Baby Isaac Fund, founded by Ian and Cristina Villiers in 2010 as a legacy for their son Isaac, who was cared for at St George’s in 2009.

The innovative sets are 30 per cent smaller than standard laparoscopy sets, allowing minimally invasive surgery to be carried out on newborn patients with abdominal and chest problems.

Eric Nicholls, senior consultant paediatric surgeon, said: “St George’s is home to one of the busiest paediatric general surgical teams in London. As a result of this generous donation, we will be able to operate on increasing numbers of newborn babies.

“The smaller size of these instruments makes them stronger and more durable than standard laparoscopy kits, which will help improve patient care.”

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