A 14-year-old Pakistani boy with an end-stage heart condition, who was in Chennai for a heart transplant, died due to complications after the operation on July 15.
A resident of Dubai, the Pakistani boy was suffering from a condition known as cardiomyopathy in which the heart swells up and becomes weak to pump blood.
He was admitted to Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Chennai a month ago and was prepared for a transplant surgery.
The boy received a heart from a 12-year-old boy from Hyderabad who was declared brain dead after an accident. The heart was flown down to Chennai on July 14.
Dr K M Cherian said, "The right side of the boy's heart had failed and was beyond repair. The pressure in his lungs had gone up drastically and even after the transplant, his new heart could not take the stress. It did not have the capacity to function like that of a 14-year-old boy's heart. It did not have the power to pump efficiently so it gave way within a few hours after the operation."