Organ donation: Mumbai witnesses 81st heart transplant

The young man’s family was counselled by medical social workers on organ donation to which they willingly consented to donate his organs. With this, the family has helped save the lives of at least four critically ill patients

Organ donation: Mumbai witnesses 81st heart transplant

  • With 2017 coming to a close end, surgeons at Fortis Hospital Mulund worked in perfect tandem along with medical social workers to enable Mumbai’s 81st Heart Transplant.
  • The donor heart was implanted into a 40-year-old male recipient; this became possible after the parents of a 21-year-old male from Bhopal consented to donate their son’s organs.

The 21-year-old man was a resident of Bhopal; a final year B.com student who met with a traumatic road traffic accident and was subsequently rushed to a nearby nursing home on sustaining injuries to his head.

He was later shifted to Bansal Hospital, Bhopal for further treatment. In spite of the efforts by doctors, he was subsequently pronounced brain-dead. The young man’s family was counselled by medical social workers on organ donation to which they willingly consented to donate his organs. With this, the family has helped save the lives of at least four critically ill patients.

The organs were harvested and the donor heart was cross matched to be implanted into a 41-year-old male recipient who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. A resident of Goa who worked for a private company, the patient was wait-listed since September 2017.

This surgery also marks the hospital’s 66th heart transplant since it’s commencement in 2015.

The donated heart was rushed out of Bansal Hospital, Bhopal at 3:12pm, reaching the Bhopal Airport at 3.37 pm via a green corridor and ferried into a charter flight that took off at 3.51 pm, the team carrying the harvested organ reached Mumbai at 5.27pm.

A green corridor from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, enabled smooth transportation of the donor heart, reaching Fortis Hospital; Mulund at 5:35 pm covering a distance of 1,144 kms was in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Speaking about the surgery, conducting surgeon, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head, Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Each donation makes a great difference and we are extremely glad that these families have set an example in society. We hope to see many more take up the cause of organ donation in this country which will ensure more lives being saved, along with building a healthy nation.”

Speaking on yet another clinical milestone, Dr S Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The on time support from governing and regulatory bodies, traffic and police authorities continues to enable us towards the cause of organ donation. This surgery marks the 81st successful heart transplant of Mumbai and we will forever be indebted to the donor families for their support even in their time of grief. We encourage the larger part of society to be informed and come forward in support of this noble cause.”