Bengaluru's recent heart
transplantation has made heads turn around to. A Green Corridor was created and
the right match for the victim's heart was got from 21-year-old M. Balaji who
met with a fatal road on January 1.
Balaji was declared brain dead the
very next day. Following this, the members of the Zonal Coordination Committee
of Karnataka for Transplantation counselled Balaji's family. His mother and
other family members were convinced and agreed for organ donation.
Balaji, the victim, was riding on
his bike when he met with the grave accident. Dr. Naresh Shetty, President, M.S. Ramaiah Memorial
Hospital said: "Immediately after the accident, he was taken to another hospital
and was later referred to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital. He was very critical with
severe brain damage at the time of admission. He was declared brain dead around
7 pm on Friday. His family members were counseled and they agreed for organ
29-year-old patient from West Bengal, the transplant beneficiary, was suffering
from symptoms of heart failure over the last three years. "He was unable to
work and support his family, and a heart transplant was the only option for
him. His condition was worsening and he had breathing problems even while
walking," said Partha, a well-wisher of the patient. He has now received the
heart of Balaji and the heart transplantation was successfully performed on
The heart was
transported in an ambulance from M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital to BGS Global
Hospitals in 20 minutes over a Green Corridor covering a 20 kilometres
distance. "I have nothing but life-long goodwill and prayers for this family
that lost their son. Despite their pain, they gave a new lease of life to my
husband," said wife of the transplant beneficiary.
A team of 15
Senior Cardiac Surgeons performed the heart transplant. The team included: Dr
Manoj S.P., Dr Bharath Dubey, Dr Anand Subrahmanyam, anaesthetists,
cardiologists and several other technicians.
Anand Subrahmanyam said: "Unfortunately, several patients suffer from heart
failure. They are not aware that heart transplantation is a feasible option to
effectively treat their illness. Of late, there has been an increased awareness
among families of many brain dead patients and they are coming forward to
donate organs, including the heart. The ZCCK is playing an important role."