A woman in her late twenties who was suffering from cardiomypathy, a disease that affects heart muscles, has got a new lease of life after she underwent a heart transplant in Pune. The same disease had earlier taken the life of her sister who could not find a heart transplant donor.
Surekha Joshi, transplant coordinator at Ruby Hall Clinic, said that the 29-year-old woman was suffering from the disease since the age of three years. Joshi said that she was a high risk patient and was getting treatment for the disease at Ruby Hall.
Aarti Gokhale, transplant coordinator of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, said “The sister of the woman who is undergoing heart transplant died of the same disease that the woman is suffering from. She could not get a heart. There are many who need such organs and relatives of brain-dead patients should come forward for organ donations.”
Pune witnessed four kidney transplants, two liver transplants and one heart transplant on Thursday (June 6), at three different hospitals in the city. A green corridor was created between Pune and Nashik for transporting the organs of a 35-year-old brain-dead road accident victim from Nashik. Another donor, a 23-year-old from Pune also donated his liver and kidneys after he was declared brain-dead. He was also a victim of a road accident.
The heart was transported through a green corridor from the Pune Airport to Ruby Hall Clinic in a record time of six minute. Usually Pune-Nashik takes around 6 hours by road, but we brought the organs today in around 3 hours.
The 35-year-old donor, helped two people as one kidney was donated to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and the other to the Rishikesh Hospital in Nashik.
A 46-year-old resident of Mumbai who was suffering an end stage liver disease got a liver of brain-dead patient from Nashik. Bipin Vibhute, Liver Transplant Surgeon at Sahyadri Hospital, said “The 46-year-old organ recipient was suggested a liver transplant after his health condition was deteriorating day by day. When we came to know about the donor, our team went to Nashik for the organ retrieval and with the help of green corridor we brought it here on time. The transplant was successfully performed.”
Organ transplant surgeries that were performed in Pune from January 2017 till date:
Kidney and Pancreas: 1