A 49-year-old woman from Nashik becomes the third recipient of heart transplant at the Fortis hospital in Mulund. The city witnessed its third heart transplant in less than a month where two earlier heart transplants were performed at the same hospital on aug 3 and 7 respectively.
The donor was a 62-year-old woman who was a resident of Mulund. Her family donated four organs, including her heart after she was declared brain dead at the hospital. She was suffering from brain hemorrhage.
Dr Anvay Mulay, who performed the transplant in two hours and 49 minutes, said, "The most thoughtful and humane gesture on the part of the donor's family has helped in making the third transplant possible. The patient is now stable and will be kept under observation for the next 48 to 72 hours."
"Three of the donor's organs - heart, liver and a kidney - were transplanted into three patients registered at Fortis Hospital. We not only conducted the third heart transplant within a month, we also carried out three transplants in one day ,'' said Dr S Narayani, zonal director, Fortis Hospital.
"The recipient had come from Nashik three days back and was in a bad shape. The donation saved her life,'' said Dr Narayani.
The fourth organ, a kidney, was transplanted into a patient registered at Lilavati Hospital, Bandra. The Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC), which oversees organ sharing between various hospitals, said this donation was the 29th this year so far.
ZTCC president Dr Gustad Daver said, "We had expected that once a heart transplant is done, the program will pick up momentum on its own. Now that three successful heart transplants have been done, we are hopeful that other hospitals that have registered themselves for this transplant will also take the lead.''