After performing a successful first in house cadaver heart transplant on Wednesday, Ruby hall in Pune will perform city’s fifth cadaver heart transplant on Friday (and its second in house heart transplant). With two heart transplants in a week, doctors are optimistic for increase in the number in vital organ transplants in the city in the upcoming future.
While Wednesday’s transplant gave a new lease of life to a 36-year-old man, Friday’s transplant will give a new hope for a 35-year-old man suffering from end stage heart disease. While Wednesday’s heart transplant was the first in house transplant in Ruby where both the donor and recipient were from Ruby Hall, Friday’s heart transplant would be fifth in the last three months. For the first two transplants, the Ruby Hall team had to travel to Solapur and Nashik to retrieve the heart of brain dead patient.
The donor, an 18-year-old, met with an accident and was declared brain dead by Jahangir Hospital in Pune. The heart transplant team had carried out the assessment of donor’s heart on Friday. The donor’s heart would be retrieved on Friday and the transplant would start tonight at around 11pm. The recipient works in the pharmaceutical industry.
Manoj Durairaj, Heart Transplant Surgeon, who is part of the team who performed all the heart transplants at Ruby and who would also be, involved in the Friday’s surgery, said, “Today’s surgery will begin late night and will be completed early morning on Saturday. There has been an increase in the number of people in Pune who are now coming forward and are willing to donate cadaver organs. We hope to do many such transplants in future and hope to give a new lease of life to patients.”
Arti Gokhale, Central Coordinator of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Pune, said, “We are creating awareness workshops in different part of the city. On organ donation we are also going to IT companies in the city. With training more and more transplant coordinators are being trained. Once people are aware, organ transplant will certainly grow in the city.”