Mulund, Mumbai, 19th Dec 2018: Team of cardiac specialists at Fortis Hospital, Mulund led by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head-Cardiac Transplant Team, successfully performed a heart transplant on a 52yr old Mumbaikar. This feat became possible after the father of a 17yr old male from Mushuriwada, Vishakhapatnam consented to donate his son's organs. Pig-to-Baboon Heart Transplant Offers Hope for Xenotransplantation In Humans: Everything About Cross-Species Organ Transplant.
The 17yr old donor who was pursuing his 1st year of Engineering, suffered a severe brain injury during a road traffic accident and was rushed to a local hospital in Vishakhapatnam, he was subsequently pronounced brain dead. Medical Social Workers counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which the family agreed to donate their beloved son’s Heart, Liver and Kidneys.
The recipient is a 52yr old male from Mumbai; he was put on the waitlist in December 2018 for a heart transplant, under the supra important category, after being diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy; he had to be supported with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). With his heart’s pumping efficiency dropping drastically, a heart transplant was his only hope.
The donor's heart was swiftly transported from Vishakhapatnam to Fortis Hospital, Mulund in 3Hrs 22Mins, covering 1141Kms. The cardiac team carrying the harvested heart reached Vishakhapatnam Airport at 01.25PM, landing at the Mumbai Airport at 04.20PM. From Mumbai airport the heart was transported through the Green Corridor to Fortis Hospital in Mulund, arriving at 04.42PM.
Speaking about the transplant, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Each donation is a progressive step towards building a healthier nation. This is made possible by the donor families, who make the brave decision in the time of immense grief. We hope that these golden examples of selfless contribution to humanity motivate more such families to join us in saving and enriching lives”.