Sklif (Ep8) A new father's youthful bad habits catch up with him

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Valery is happily married to a woman he fell in love with at first sight. He’s also the father of a toddler. However, this family man’s youth was a saga of drug and alcohol abuse. That unhealthy lifestyle led to emphysema – a disease of the lungs. Over the past 10 years the symptoms have been getting worse. A transplant has now become a pressing issue.

Valery visited several countries in search of the right specialists to help him. Finally, he decided to have his surgery at Russia’s Sklif hospital. The doctors told him he had a 70-percent chance of surviving the operation and that he would have to take immune suppressants for the rest of his life, but Valery is ready to do anything necessary just to be able to breathe freely again.

Sklif series provides an exclusive look inside the famous Sklifosovsky Institute. It's known to every Muscovite, and many Russians too. With the best equipment and medical specialists in the country, it represents the pinnacle of emergency medicine. The hospital's Emergency Intensive Care Unit is the clinic's busiest unit, with doctors and nurses tending to those whose lives are hanging by a thread. Watch the film in Russian.

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