Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant to happen. There is a shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is getting larger by the day.
But Mumbai’s Tukaram Chavan, who works in the state assembly, is lucky, as he underwent a heart transplant, in just 20 days after he registered his name at the Fortis hospital.
He underwent heart transplant surgery on Thursday, August 17; the family of a recently deceased woman donated her heart. A green corridor was created to transfer her heart from Pune to Mumbai and was given to Tukaram. Meanwhile, doctors informed that Tukaram’s condition is improving.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Tukaram Chavan’s son Sanket said, “Our family was concerned, as my father suffered a sudden heart attack. We were worried about making monetary arrangements for the surgery. Then, the doctors called us and informed us about the availability of the heart. My father is fine now and will be admitted to the hospital for a month.”
He added, “We have deposited 5 lakh rupees before the surgery and we are seeking help from a trust, so that we can pay the remaining amount. We are planning to sell our land which is in the village. We hope to get some help from a trust or an NGO.”