Teenager’s heart flown from Surat to save man in Mumbai
Mumbai : Mumbai witnessed yet another transportation of a heart from Surat to Fortis Hospital in Mulund in 1 hour and 15 minutes on Tuesday in order to save the life of a 43-year-old man who is a resident of Rajasthan was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy. With this, the city has reported 14 successful heart transplantations so far.
The transplant became possible when a 17-year-old youth was declared brain dead at Sunshine Global Hospital in Surat, following a head injury during a road traffic accident. Following this, the family of the brain-dead patient was approached for organ donation by NGO Donate Life who made it instrumental in making this transplant happen.
Nilesh Mandlewala, president of NGO Donate Life said, “Each one of us can save eight lives after death, if we all pledge our support; we can help bridge the gap between the ever increasing recipients and the donors. We are proud to be the enablers, by helping counsel the patient’s kin, who consented to donate heart kidneys and liver.”
The heart was harvested and the preserved organ was transported from Sunshine Global Hospital, Surat to Fortis Hospital in 1hr 15mins covering distance of 269kms through a successful Green Corridor between Surat and Mumbai. The donor heart left Sunshine Global Hospital, Surat at 10.33am which reached Surat Airport at 10.38am following which it was transferred into a chartered flight that took off at 10.41am. The flight landed Mumbai Airport at 11.20am which headed out in the stand-by ambulance at 11.31am. The Green Corridor helped the transportation of heart from Domestic Airport (Gate No. 8) to Military Road-Santacruz-Chembur Link Road-Chedda Nagar to Eastern Express Highway-Airoli Junction and finally reached to Fortis Hospital at 11.47am and into the Operation Theatre at 11.48am. Dr Anvay Mulay, who conducted the heart transplant surgery and head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “There has been a slow yet steady progression in our mindset towards organ donation. This is a great sign for the wait-listed patients. We are happy to be instrumental in driving this change that will help build a robust heart transplant channel in the state. The recipient of the heart is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. The next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will monitor the patient’s condition round the clock.”
THE WAITING LIST:
According to Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC), there are 15 patients from Mumbai who are on the waiting list for heart transplant since past 10 months. These patients are from Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Asian Heart Institute in BKC and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri. Meanwhile, all the 13 heart transplantations which have been reported in the city since last August till date are survivors and are reported to be leading a daily life. The recent heart transplant recipient is under doctor’s supervision for 48 hours.