Mumbai : A 22-year-old graphic designer from Badlapur, Anwar Khan, who is the first heart transplant patient of Mumbai, was all set to walk home after getting discharge from Fortis Hospital in Mulund on Monday, following a successful heart transplant on August 3.

With the discharge of Anwar, his family was being extensively educated by the cardiac team of Fortis Hospital on taking extra care of the young survivor at home, as it would now be important to avoid infections so as to take good care of his new heart.

Having received a donor heart from a 42-year-old brain dead patient admitted at Jehangir Hospital in Pune, the 22-year-old who suffered from Acute Cardiomyopathy is now stated to be fit to resume his day-to-day activities. Marking the significance of the development, Anwar and his family were joined by Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr Anvay Mulay and the management of Fortis Hospital during the discharge.

Recounting his experience, an emotional Anwar said, “After being diagnosed with a heart condition, the name of which I could not even pronounce, I had lost all hopes. However, my hopes revived as I interacted with Dr Mulay who assured me of second chance at life every time I met him. I was little nervous ahead of the transplant surgery, but Dr Mulay, his team and my family stood by me.”

Talking about the patient’s progress, Dr Anvay Mulay said, “We are happy to see the results of our efforts, Anwar is now back on his feet, ready to return to his everyday life. Heart transplants are not new in medical science; however, with the success of Anwar’s surgery, Mumbai has managed to get a breakthrough in heart transplant, marking the beginning of developing a robust heart transplant program in the city. We hope that many more are encouraged by Anwar’s story and come forth to donate their organs.”

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