Kseniia Scchihol, a 32-yr-old Ukrainian national suffered from Chemotherapy induced Dilated Cardiomyopathy. With history of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she had undergone multiple chemotherapy cycles. While in the remission phase, she started showing symptoms of cardiac failure. She travelled to the country with her husband seeking medical aid.
“I owe my second life to the medical aid I have received here. I’d lost all hope but the medical and nursing teams kept my spirit up through my transplant journey. We are all set to go home next week,” said the 32-year-old Ukranian recipient of a heart from Mumbai.
Dr Swati Garekar, a paediatric cardiologist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “Chemotherapy induced dilated cardiomyopathy is not an unheard phenomenon. Globally also, it is a known side-effect of taking chemo. In this case too, that is what happened.”
This surgery was possible after the parents of a 17-yr-old female, a college-goer from Jaipur, consented to donate their daughter’s organs. She was declared brain dead following a traumatic road traffic accident.
Her family donated Kidneys, Liver and Heart, helping save and enrich lives of four recipients of end-stage organ failure. This surgery marked Mumbai’s 59th Heart Transplant. Declared brain dead at Sawai Man Singh hospital, Jaipur; the patient’s parents was counselled about organ donation.
It was only after the willing consent of the family that the donation was possible.
Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the cardiac transplant team of Fortis Hospital, Mulund, who is leading the Heart Transplant Channel, said, “We bow to the donor family for showing tremendous spirit despite their grief and have helped the woman. We have witnessed rapid societal progression, which has helped us achieve this milestone. Their noble consent has enabled the donor families loved ones to live on, amongst the recipients. We hope to build a society that will rise to ask for the opt-out system to be adopted in our country”.
47 years since the 1st heart transplant was attempted in Mumbai; Dr Mulay pioneered transplants for the state on August 3 2015, going on to conduct over 50 life-saving heart transplants.
Efforts by all socially responsible stakeholders helped increase awareness about the cause of Organ Donation, which enabled these transplants. Close to half a million Indians die, failing to get organs on time; we can help save such lives by pledging to donate our organs. We all have ‘More to Give’.
Mr Raj Gore, R-COO (South & West), Fortis Healthcare, added, “Clinical and non-clinical teams led by Dr Mulay have been instrumental in driving the transplant program which completed two years recently.”