Bengaluru woman’s tale of 3 hearts

One organ donor can save up to eight lives. Organ donation not only gives a new lease of life to the recipient but is the only way to honour the donor’s organ. It saves a parent from the pain of losing a child, prevents a child from growing up without a parent and adds years of happiness to couples whose time together would otherwise have been cruelly cut short. It is the ultimate gift of love and a happy responsibility, reminisces Reena Raju, India’s first woman to get a second heart transplant

Bengaluru woman’s tale of 3 heartsFrom being a founder of an NGO (Light A Life- Reena Raju Foundation), to athlete, skydiver, cycler, parasailor and singer. She is a go getter and a fighter who is an inspiration for many. In the year 2009, when Raju was 28-years-old, she had undergone her first heart transplant, due to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy), a heart condition that leaves you […]

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says study

Last week, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind stated that the country is reeling under the issue of serious mental health epidemic. Further pointing at the lack of mental health interventions in the country, he also pointed out that according to the National Mental Health Survey of 2016; nearly 14 per cent of the country’s population requires mental health interventions. Now, a study reaffirms that visiting a psychiatrist is still very awkward

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says studyOur focus is on whether we need a psychiatrist these days, with so much pressure on the mind not merely because of stress but also due to another obvious reason which can hold a person back from resorting to pay a visit to the healers of the mind, and what likely is the reason?  It […]

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’

A collaborative stress survey that was conducted by the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare and No Worry No Tension Healthcare. 2463 individuals from across the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Ludhiana, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’Inherent personality traits and natural disposition of individuals play a significant role in determining their ability to tolerate stress. External factors such as life circumstances and difficulties at home play a minimal role in contributing towards stress levels. The findings of the survey suggested significant levels of stress being experienced by individuals, attributed to their […]

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echo

Foetal echo is a procedure that can be done between 18 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. The technology, has now come to be used in various Mumbai based hospitals to identify congenital heart defects so as to provide better treatment

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echoIt is believed that among ever 120 children in India, one is diagnosed with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious heart defects. At a time when we speak highly about caring for our heart, doctors are looking for alternatives to avoid such late diagnosis. With ultrasound technology at its best, […]

Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patients

While the heart was sent to Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital, the lungs of the brain-dead woman were sent to Chennai’s Gleneagles Global Hospital. The Pune-Chennai organ transportation is considered to be the longest distance haul of donated lungs in India

Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patientsThe husband of a 22-year-old young woman who was declared brain-dead following a head injury suffered due to a fall saved the lives of five patients by donating life-saving organs of his wife. The patient’s husband consented for her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to be donated. The heart was retrieved from Ruby Hall Hospital, […]

Guinness World Record holder on organ donation awareness mission from Chennai to Ladakh

Lourd Vijay was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2013 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2016. He aims to cover 9,000 kms to inspire people to pledge their organs and save lives. He was in Pune, on Thursday, August 17 as part of his awareness drive and will arrive in Mumbai on Friday, August 18

Guinness World Record holder on organ donation awareness mission from Chennai to LadakhLourd Vijay, a professional dancer and Guinness World Record holder, is all set to drive by car for a social responsibility initiative titled ‘Spreading Hope’, a non-profit foundation, on a mission to raise nationwide awareness on kidney diseases and the importance of organ donation. Lourd Vijay was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2013 […]

Chennai creates history, becomes first city in South Asia to perform maximum number of heart transplants

The scarcity of various organs has posed to be an enormous barrier from saving many lives today. According to Government estimates, the need of organ transplants for new cases of organ failure every year is 2 lakh for kidneys; 30,000 for liver; and 50,000 for heart

Chennai creates history, becomes first city in South Asia to perform maximum number of heart transplantsFortis Centre for Heart Failure and Transplant at Fortis Malar Hospital successfully conducted 150 heart transplants in Chennai recently, creating a record. This is the first time any hospital has performed this number of heart transplants in South Asia. The centre has sustained an excellent outcome with one year survival rate which is over 90% […]

Doctor pulls out live cockroach from woman’s skull

The 42-year-old woman had painful crawling sensation behind her eyes when she woke up. She visited a local clinic where her nose was flushed. But after the sensation continued, she visited a specialist

Doctor pulls out live cockroach from woman’s skull  It’s the stuff of nightmares – a cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one woman in Chennai, this horror story proved all too real. The 42-year-old had a painful crawling sensation behind her eyes when she […]