Paisley boy's heart saved by Glasgow medical team after he dislocated collarbone

Trauma teams at the Royal Hospital for Children saved a Paisley boy's heart after he dislocated his collarbone during a football match.

Isaiah Muzaale, who played for a Hearts Academy youth side, was left injured following an accidental clash with another player during a game against Rangers on June 7.

After being rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh by his parents, Kerry and Edwin, it was revealed that the 9-year-old had a posterior dislocation., popping his collarbone right next to his vessels and windpipe.

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One wrong move could have put him in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) so Isaiah was transferred to specialist at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Kerry explained: “When we arrived at the hospital, they gave an Xray, but it came back clear.

"Seeing how much pain he was in, the doctors gave him a CT scan and found that he had a dislocation. We are so grateful to the team there.

"They advised that, to repair this, a cardiac team would be needed on standby for the worst-case scenario.

"We were then looped in with the Paediatric Major Trauma Coordinators at the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow and advised that we would be transported there for the team to assess and operate on Isaiah.

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"At Glasgow, he was given an MRI and ultrasound for more detail.

“His surgeon, Miss Claire Murnaghan, was amazing. Due to the rarity of this accident, Mrs Murnaghan reached out globally to surgeons to discuss options and created a surgical plan for Isaiah.

“We’re delighted to say that on Friday, 14th June, he had his surgery successfully and was home on the Saturday. He is feeling a lot better. The big problem now is getting him to stay still so that he can heal properly.”

The caring mum praised the staff who were on hand to support the family through the week.

She said: “Thinking that your son has a broken bone is one thing.

"Learning that he could end up in the PICU is another. Thank goodness for the trauma coordinators who were our point of contact throughout our hospital journey.

"They answered every question and truly looked after us.

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“We also cannot believe the support from the football community at academy and first team level.

"We’ve had video messages from Hearts and St. Mirren, and offers of physio support from team doctors, including from Rangers. We’re overwhelmed with their kindness.”

Isaiah is now thankfully on the mend but will require close supervision, no contact sports and physio sessions to get him back on track.

Jenna Hills, Paediatric Major Trauma Coordinator at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow said: “At the hospital, we are focused on person-centred care and, as a major trauma centre, it is important to have one point of contact for parents and carers when there are multiple people involved in treating their little one.

“We make relationships with the families, like Isaiah’s, and we are so happy when we get to see them leave here together with a smile on their face.

"We are delighted to hear that Isaiah is doing well at home. He was so brave during his time with us, and we look forward to hearing when he is back playing football in a few months.

"We have a feeling we’ll see him scoring goals on TV one day."