A new record in the history of public health dispensation system has been created by conducting the first complex heart transplant surgery at the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) in Kottayam, Kerala.
A team of doctors headed by T.K. Jayakumar, Head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery conducted the surgery on 50-year-old Podimon of Pathanamthitta.
Relatives of Vinaykumar, who was declared brain-dead, had agreed for organ donation at Lourdes Hospital, Kochi. On knowing the availability of suitable organ for the patient the team of doctors harvested the organ and transplanted it in a complex 12-hours surgery at the MCH.
"The condition of the patient is stable, The next six days will be crucial since only after that it would be possible to declare that the body has fully accepted the organ," said the hospital authorities.
The surgery was the outcome of teamwork of the medical and paramedical staff at MCH, Kottayam, including the police, who helped in quick transportation of organs between the two hospitals.