Mumbai: In a bid to honour organ donors across the country, on the eve of World Organ Donation Week, transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, brought together 11 heart transplant recipients from across the country, who received donor hearts at the hospital. Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was the chief guest at the event.
Mulund’s Fortis hospital had conducted the first ever successful heart transplant in Mumbai on 22-yr-old Anwar Khan, a resident of Badlapur. The transplant organ was brought from Pune to Mumbai in just 94 minutes. The donor was a 52 year-old lady from Pune.
Speaking to the Free Press Journal Anwar said, “After the transplant, I have decided to encourage as many people as I can to come forward and register themselves as organ donors. I turn a year old today, thanks to the donor family in Pune; I can never thank them enough.”
Talking about the state of Organ Donation in India, Dr Anvay Mulay, said, “The concept of organ donation is not fully accepted and endorsed by many. It is heartening to see the momentum picking up. If the numbers continue to build progressively, we would be able to help many more end-stage organ failure patients. We still have a long way to go before organ donations become routine but with the support of multiple responsible stakeholders, it should become a reality soon.”
Dr Vijay Agarwal, Chief of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, who has conducted four successful transplants said, “It is an exceptional task to find a compatible match, in terms of age, weight, height and blood group for our recipients. We need to work together to raise awareness so that other wait-listed children have hope. Our little recipients here have shown extraordinary strength and willpower to undergo such a complex procedure at such a young age”.
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