Organ donation: Mumbai witnesses its 20th heart transplant of 2018

Fortis Hospital (Mulund) performs its 85th successful heart transplant. The mother of a brain-dead daughter consented to donate her heart, liver, kidneys, and corneas

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A team of cardiac specialists at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, led by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head – Cardiac Transplant, successfully performed a heart transplant and saved the life of a 26-year-old man, hailing from Punagam, Surat, on November 20. This feat became possible, after the family of a 21-year-old woman from Surat, consented to donate her organs.

The donor met with a road accident and was rushed to a local hospital in Surat, however, she was announced brain dead. The Medical Social Workers and the representatives of NGO Donate Life, counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which they agreed to donate their beloved daughter’s Heart, Liver, Corneas, and Kidneys.

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The recipient is a daily wage earner and was waitlisted in September 2018, for the heart transplant after being diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Over a month ago, he was put on Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), which would support him till he received a heart, as his heart’s pumping efficiency dropped.

The donor’s heart was transported to Fortis Hospital, Mulund, in 1 hour and 47 minutes, covering 282 kms.

The journey of the organ

  • The team, carrying the harvested organ reached Surat Airport at 7:47 a.m.
  • The commercial flight took off at 7.50AM, Reached Mumbai Airport at 8:43 a.m.
  • From Mumbai airport, through the Green Corridor, the heart was transported to Fortis Hospital in Mulund at 9:14 a.m.

Speaking about the surgery, Dr Anvay Mulay, said, “The mother bravely consented to donate her young daughter organs, which benefited a young man from the same city. Much like this one, each donation makes a great difference, and we are humbled that this family has set an example for us all.”