A timely green corridor helps to transfer a live heart from a 58-year-old man who was declared brain dead to a 23-year-old girl with end stage heart failure in New Delhi.
"Oshin Goyal, the recipient, had been suffering from restrictive cardio-myopathy for the past nine years. Her heart function had reduced severely and no medication or surgery could improve it," said Dr Ashok Seth, chairman, FEHI.
Without the surgery, the girl would not have survived for more than a few weeks. The donor was a 58-year-old man who was declared brain dead at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon last week.
A green corridor was created from FMRI near HUDA City Center to FEHI in Okhla—a distance of 32km which helped transport the organ in time for transplantation. Heart should be transported within 4 hours of its removal and therefore timely transportation plays a vital role in heart transplants.
"When the patient was brought to us we had a huge challenge on our hands as she had been bed-ridden for the last four months and had an extremely weak heart. Whether her body would be able to withstand the surgery put a big responsibility in our hands. The tissues were frayed in this patient due to excess water retention in her body and would not be able to withstand the pressure of sutures," said Dr Meharwal, director and coordinator, cardiovascular Surgery who conducted the transplant.
Dr Vishal Rastogi, said, "The condition of this young patient who has undergone the transplant had progressed to the extent that she had very little time to live. Despite the optimum levels of heart management that we were extending, transplant was the only option possible. There was no other treatment that could have been applied here as this heart condition eliminates every other option that can be applied to other types of heart diseases."