Pune hospital celebrates first heart transplant anniversary

A year ago, Pune had witnessed its first heart transplant. To mark this event, Ruby Hall Clinic organised a program to commemorate its first anniversary. Till date, Pune has witnessed 13 heart transplants in the year. All the transplants were carried out at this hospital

Pune hospital celebrates first heart transplant anniversary

For the heart transplant team at Ruby Hall Clinic, it’s not just about performing a surgery, but it is a mission to keep the heart of a brain-dead patient alive, in order to give a new lease of life to the recipient.

Exactly one year ago, Pune had witnessed its first heart transplant. To celebrate this occasion, the hospital has arranged a special program to celebrate the first anniversary of city’s first heart transplant.

Pune hospital celebrates first heart transplant anniversary

Ujvala Kashid, a 51-year-old woman, was the first patient who underwent a heart transplant, exactly a year back in Pune.  She celebrated this moment by cutting a cake, she said, “Heart transplant gave me a second chance to live my life. Some unknown person has given me a second life. After a year, post-transplant, I want to thank the entire organ transplant team in Pune.”

Doctors renewed their promise to give the gift of life to patients in need of a transplant.

Dr Manoj Durairaj, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, said, “I am very happy that first heart transplant recipient is doing well. Whenever I think of her, my memory goes back to the person who donated this heart. We are grateful to the donor’s family.”

He added, “Organ transplant is a complex process and each person on the team is carrying out their responsibility. I am proud of each and every person in the team, some of whom at times, even work for 48 hours. We have pushed the limits and have done five long distance heart transplants in the city.”

Surekha Joshi, organ transplant coordinator at Ruby Hall Clinic, said, “When you see that a person with heart failure can lead a normal life post-transplant, the happiness that one gets is inexpressible. After, each organ transplant, we feel a new kind of satisfaction.”