Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) provides oxygen support for babies and children with severe heart and/or lung failure.
The ECMO machine takes over the work of the heart/lungs allowing them time to recover.
We are one of three hospitals in England which provides a specialised service known as Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).
Why may my child need ECMO support?
Our unit was one of the first UK centres to provide neonatal respiratory ECMO, and we remain involved in developments, research and innovation in this area.
We provide ECMO for children and babies who:
- have severe lung disease and who have not responded to the usual treatment
- have severe heart failure before or after heart surgery
- need support while waiting for a transplant.
You can get more information at the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.