Asian Heart Institute performs its first heart transplant

Navratri is a scared and auspicious festival which brings joy and takes away all the sorrows. While Navratri was truly a blessing as Mumbai’s heart transplant program added yet another success story with Asian Heart Institute of Bandra, operating its first heart transplant patient


In a first, Asian Heart Institute performs a heart transplant

No parent should ever have to mourn the death of their child, but in an unfortunate incident in Latur, the parents of the 19-year-old brain-dead boy, mourned his death, but, at the same time, took a big move by deciding to give a new lease of life, by donating his heart.

The parent’s decision was like a boon for a 39-year-old security guard. As on September 26, he underwent a heart transplant.

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Dr Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute

The traffic police had created a green corridor which facilitated the transfer of the heart from the airport to the hospital in merely 10 minutes.

The AHI heart transplant patient has been waiting for over a year now. “Since he works as a security guard, the hospital had a tough time reaching him on September 26. He has been on the waiting list for over a year. We are happy that he finally got a donor heart,” said Dr Vijay D’Silva, who is an intensivist.

AHI is the fourth hospital in Mumbai to start the program. Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Andheri and Global hospital in Parel are the hospitals in Mumbai, who are successfully running the heart transplant program.

“We are extremely happy to give a new lease of life to this young man. He couldn’t afford the transplant and hence, over 80% of the cost was supported by Asian Heart Trust and Suman Ramesh Tulsiani Trust,” said Dr Ramakanta Panda, VC and MD of Asian Heart Institute.

Asian Heart Institute performs its first heart transplant

Talking about the AHI’s first heart transplant, Dr Panda said the hospital is keen to push forward the organ transplant program and happy to subsidise costs for genuine patients who cannot afford.

The transplant was performed by cardiac surgeons- Dr Pradyot Rath, Dr Sunil Vanzara and Dr Chetan Gaokar duly assisted by cardiologist Dr Santosh Kumar Dora, anaesthetist Dr Swati shah and intensivist Dr Vijay D’Silva.

Fortis hospital-Mulund, created a history by conducting the first heart transplant in Mumbai after a gap of 47 years in August 2015.

Asian Heart Institute performs its first heart transplant

In 1968 by Dr PK Sen and is team from KEM hospital, Parel, carried out two transplants with limited success barely six months after South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant. After which, there was a long gap and end stage heart patients had to go to hospitals in South for the heart transplant.

Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, consultant heart transplant surgeon, Fortis hospital said, “It is a welcome news that AHI has operated on its first heart transplant patient. More patients will be benefited. Now, we further need to strengthen our organ donation program.”

One of the most common reasons for having a heart transplant is either or both the ventricles have not been functioning properly with presence of severe heart failure. The journey of heart transplant begins with matching the blood type and size of the recipient’s body with the donor’s heart. Post-heart transplant requires adaptation of a healthy lifestyle and regular monitoring since it invariably impacts the functioning of the replaced heart