Mumbai: Heart transplant performed on a 54-year-old man at Fortis Hospital

The surgery was made possible after the family of a 20-year-old brain-dead man from Surat, gave their consent to donate his heart, liver, corneas and kidneys

Mumbai: Heart transplant performed on a 54-year-old man at Fortis Hospital

On Saturday, August 04 a team of cardiac specialists at Fortis Hospital, Mulund led by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head Cardiac Transplant Team, successfully conducted a heart transplant to save the life of a 54-year-old man recipient from Chandivali, Mumbai.

This feat became possible after the family of a 20 year-old man from Surat, Gujarat consented to donate his organs.

The 20-year-old organ donor, had met with a road accident and was rushed to a local hospital in Surat for treatment; however, he was subsequently pronounced brain-dead.

Medical social workers at the hospital counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which the family agreed to donate their departed son’s heart, liver, corneas and kidneys. He was a single child and his mother, along with the family made the noble decision.

The recipient of his heart is a 54-year-old man from Mumbai who runs a small business, he was waitlisted since July 2018 for a heart transplant, after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.

The donor heart was swiftly transported to the Fortis Hospital, Mulund; reaching Surat airport at 07:21 a.m., the chartered flight took off at 07:40 am, reaching Mumbai Airport at 08.28 a.m.. From Mumbai airport the heart was transported through a green corridor to Fortis Hospital in Mulund at 08:55 a.m., covering 282 kms.