1st heart donation from Amravati saves Mumbaikar’s life

Amravati makes 1st heart donation to save Kurla resident at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The donor donated heart, liver, kidneys and corneas to save and enrich six lives. The donation helped Maharashtra to become second leading state in organ donation in the country, in 2017, after Tamil Nadu

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Young 34-yr-old man was rushed to the hospital after suffering from brain hemorrhage. His father and brother were counselled by the medical social workers at the hospital. After which, they consented to donate his Heart, liver, kidneys and corneas.

Another milestone was achieved towards the cause of organ donation as this marks the 1st heart donation and 3rd ever cadaveric donation from Amravati. The donor hospital was not registered for organ harvestation and transplant. However, the hospital took special permission from Directorate of Health Services. Exemplary coordination between clinicians, medical social workers, traffic and police authorities between Amravati and Mumbai, enabled a life-saving heart transplant on a 48-year-old male.

Transported to Mumbai via a chartered flight, the heart was transplanted into in to a 48-yr -old male from Kurla, who had recently been diagnosed with Ischemic Cardiomyopathy and had previously undergone Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG). Post the bypass surgery, he started developing Intractable Ventricular Arrhythmias and was put on temporary Ventricular Assist Device, post which, following which he was put on the super urgent transplant list.

The donor heart was transferred via Green Corridor to the airport. After which, the organ retrieval team reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “It is seen that people from interior pockets of the state, some of whom are not aware of the concept of organ donation, are also stepping-up to the case, when counselled. Each donation makes a difference and we are grateful to these families who have set a golden example.

He added, “The patient has responded well to the treatment. The next 48 hours are critical. Hence, he is currently recovering in the ICU and will be monitored round-the-clock.”

Dr S Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “This surgery was possible owing to the 1st Heart and 3rd cadaveric donation at Amravati. We will forever be obligated to the donor families for their support. The patient’s father showed enormous, making this humbling decision. We hope these examples encourage the larger part of society to be informed and come forward in support of the cause”.