For past two months now a 46 year-old-man from Alibaug in Maharashtra was waiting for a heart transplant. The surgery recorded the 27th heart transplant of the city for this year.
Surgeons at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where the surgery took place, said that the donor's heart was transported from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, to Mumbai in two hours by air. The organ transplant team was led by Dr Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Overall, this was the 35th heart transplant in the city.
‘A 46-year-old driver from Maharashtra got a new lease of life after the family of a 45-year-old meat seller from Indore donated his heart.’
The live heart from the 45-year-old male in Indore, who was declared brain dead following a road accident, covered a distance of 566 kms in just two hours. Following counselling to the family of the patient, they decided to donate his organs. The donor is survived by his parents, wife and two children. The donor was moved to Choitaram Hospital of Indore for further assessment and medical examination.
After the family's consent, the team of surgeons rushed to Indore to harvest the donor's heart. The live heart was transferred out of Choitaram Hospital at 11:16am and it was airlifted from Indore at 11:39am. The plane landed in Mumbai at 12:53pm and was transported in an ambulance to reach Fortis Hospital, Mulund, at 01:16pm for an immediate transplant.
Mumbai's traffic police too chipped in to ensure that the heart got a smooth passage. "The surgery has been concluded and the recipient is now stable. We will continue to monitor him in the ICU for the next 48 to 72 hours," said Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
Apart from the heart, liver was also harvested and went to ILBS in Delhi, two kidneys and corneas went to hospitals in Indore and the skin was sent to the skin bank in the city.