Deivanayaki, a 39-year-old scientific officer at Kalpakam, could barely talk or walk three months ago; she was suffering from a major lung problem. A complex heart and double lung transplant at Apollo hospitals, gave her a new lease of life and her happiness knows no bounds.
Apollo hospitals has performed six such transplants in the last 18 months, five of them have been successful. Dr.T.Sunder, cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon, Apollo Hospital, said, "The survival rate is higher than global standards. Heart and double lung transplants are required in case of specific diseases such as pulmonary hypertension, but in a majority of cases, they become necessary when patients come with end-stage heart or lung failure."
The surgery costs about Rs.35 lakh; it may seem expensive but doctors claim this is 1/40th of the cost in the US; you may need to spend anywhere to the north of $2.3 million.
"Follow-up is crucial in these cases. The hospital has a dedicated heart and lung transplant intensive care unit for these procedures," he added.
The hospital has also successfully operated a heart and double lung transplant on 68-year old, C.V Hanif, who had end-stage lung disease and cardiac failure. "Today is my first birthday of a second life," said Hanif. He walks 5km a day now.