Mumbai: Soon KEM to perform the heart transplant

The state government has given a ‘go’ ahead signal to Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital to perform a heart transplant procedure. In 1968, Dr PK Sen had performed India’s first heart transplant procedure at KEM Hospital

Mumbai: Soon KEM to perform the heart transplant
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  • The Maharashtra government has given its nod to the civic-run KEM hospital, Mumbai, to perform a heart transplant procedure.
  • After receiving the due permission from the state government, the hospital administration has started the training sessions for the doctors.
  • The doctors attached to the heart department say, only one to two per cent patients, who visit OPD’s, require a heart transplant.

This will be the first attempt from the doctors attached to the KEM hospital to carry out a heart transplant in the last 50 years.

In a major boost to the affordable transplants in India, the Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital will soon be performing the heart transplant procedure as well.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM hospital, said, “We are planning to set up a special heart transplant unit in the hospital. For which, we had applied to the state government. And, we have received the state government’s permission. A heart transplant is a very complicated procedure, and we need trained doctors for this. So, we have started training the doctors. Once the doctors are trained, within a one-and-half year, we will start the heart transplant procedures.”

In India, back in 1968, the first heart transplant was performed in Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital, by Dr PK Sen, but the recipient could not survive for long.

Dr Balaji Ironi, an Assistant professor, heart surgery department, said, “The waiting list of the organ transplant patients is too high. Compared to this, the availability of organs is less in number. In private hospital, people have to spend around 25 to 30 lakh rupees for a heart transplant. That is why we are starting the process here in KEM.”

According to the doctors in KEM, every year thousands of patients come and seek treatment related to heart diseases. Out of which, around 1,500 patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A doctor from Cardiology department at KEM Hospital said, “1-2% of the over 20,000 cardiac patients treated annually by the hospital have refractory heart failure and may benefit from a transplant.”