World Heart Day: Mumbaikar receives heart from brain-dead donor

The husband of the deceased consents to donate his brain-dead wife’s heart, liver and kidneys. This organ donation marked Fortis Hospital’s 84th heart transplant, so far this year

Image Source: Google
Image Source: Google

A team of cardiac experts at Fortis Hospital, Mulund led by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head-Cardiac Transplant Team, successfully conducted a heart transplant to save the life of a 37-year-old female, Nita Desai (name changed) from Chembur, Mumbai, yesterday which also happened to be the eve of World Heart Day.

This life saving transplant, which marks Fortis Hospital, Mulund’s 84th heart transplant became possible after the husband of a 20-year-old female consented to donate her organs.

The 20-year-old donor, a resident of Surat had suffered cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) with hypoxic brain injury and was rushed to New Civil Hospital, Surat; she was subsequently pronounced brain-dead.

Medical Social Workers at the hospital counselled the grieving family about organ donation, after which the patient’s husband agreed to donate her heart, liver and kidneys.

With the consenting place, the medical and nursing teams from recipient hospitals swung into action to enable organ retrieval.

The recipient, Nita Desai, is a 37-year-old woman from Chembur, Mumbai was waitlisted in July 2018 for a heart transplant, after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.

Her husband and her family waited with bated breath as they waited for the transplantation procedure to begin. The donor heart was transported to the recipient hospital in Mumbai, covering 314 kms in 1hour 46 minutes.

The team carrying the donated organ reached Surat airport at 06:10 pm; the chartered plane ferrying the team reached Mumbai airport at 07.24 pm, subsequently reaching the Operation Theatre (OT) at Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 07:56 pm.

Speaking about this feat, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “We are humbled by the gesture of the young patient’s husband; in time of such grief, he consented to donate his beloved wife’s organs, our teams and the recipient family will be forever indebted to him. Our team breathed a new life into the recipient, on the eve of World Heart Day, remarkable indeed.”