Two heart transplants in just eight hours and forty-five minutes

Coordination and time management can be a great combination. Proving their forte, two heart transplants took place in Fortis Hospital, Mulund in a record time of eight hours and forty-five minutes on Saturday. The ZTCC of Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune facilitated the allocation of the donated organs

Accurate timing between clinicians, medical social workers, traffic controller and police authorities along with nursing teams across Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai helped in saving the lives of two people.

The donor was a 26-year-old farm labourer from Pusad was rushed to Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital in Wardha, after he suffered a head injury in a road traffic accident. He was subsequently declared brain dead, after which, this family was counselled and his father consented to donate his kidneys, liver, heart and corneas, saving six lives.

The Heart was transported to Nagpur Airport via a green corridor, and then through a commercial flight that landed in Mumbai on Saturday.

The recipient of the heart is a 56-year-old man from Borivali, who was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and was wait-listed a month ago. The donor heart from Nagpur was transferred out of Achare Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital, via a Green Corridor.

The donation at Jehangir Hospital, Pune witnessed the wife of a 46-year-old shopkeeper, consenting to donate her husband’s heart, liver and kidneys. The donor was declared brain dead after he met with an accident last week.

The donor heart was then implanted into a 24yr old male recipient from Pune, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy about two years ago.  The heart was transported to Mulund by road, via a Green Corridor between Pune and Mumbai.

Dr S Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital said, “These transplants wouldn’t have been possible without unwavering support from The Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune, the Traffic and Police authorities in all three cities, Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) Nagpur and Indigo Airlines. All our partners have gone beyond their call of duty to extend their support to the cause of Organ Donation, in a bit to build a healthier country.”