Mumbai: Two cadaveric organ donations were received from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, making a 70-year-old deceased man and a 17-year-old boy become the 46th organ donors for Mumbai this year. Their organs were harvested and transported from Visakhapatnam to Fortis Hospital, Mulund, on December 17. A senior doctor said they had retrieved the lungs, liver and his kidneys of the senior citizen, while the teenager’s heart provided a new lease of life to a 52-year-old Mumbai resident.
The harvested heart had to travel 1,141 kilometres to Mumbai, where a team of cardiac specialists at Fortis Hospital, Mulund led by Dr Anvay Mulay, head, cardiac transplant team, successfully carried out the transplant. This feat was made possible by the father of a 17-year-old boy from Mushuriwada, Visakhapatnam, who consented to donate his son’s organs.
“The 17-year-old donor who was pursuing his first year of engineering suffered a severe brain injury during a road traffic accident and was rushed to a local hospital in Visakhapatnam, where he was subsequently declared brain dead. The family was counselled by the medical social workers about organ donation, after which they agreed to do so,” said a doctor.
Doctor said the recipient was a 52-year-old male from Mumbai, who was on a waiting list for a heart transplant after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively) and he had to be supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) (technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange or perfusion to sustain life.)
“There was a drastic drop in the heart pumping efficiency and a transplant was his last hope. We successfully performed the procedure after the donor’s heart was swiftly transported from Vishakhapatnam to Fortis Hospital, Mulund in 3 hours and 22 minutes, covering 1,141 kilometres. Currently, the patient is stable and his heart rate is normal now,” said a doctor from Fortis hospital. The cardiac team carrying the harvested heart reached Visakhapatnam airport at 1.25 pm, landing in Mumbai at 4.20 pm. From Mumbai airport, it was transported through the green corridor to Fortis Hospital in Mulund, arriving at 4.42pm.
Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, each donation was a progressive step towards building a healthier nation. “This is made possible by the donor families, who make the brave decision in a time of immense grief. We hope these golden examples of selfless contribution to humanity motivate more such families to join us in saving and enriching lives,” she added.