A year after having undergone a heart transplant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, first ever in a private hospital in the Capital, Sunita Gupta (name changed) feels fit as a fiddle. “My life has gone back to normal and I cannot thank the doctors and the hospital enough,” she said.
Gupta suffered from breathing difficulty due to dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where pumping chambers of the heart become weak and dilated. “The first year is crucial as episodes of rejection and infection are high,” said Dr Sujay Shad, director, heart transplant unit.
About 10,000 heart failure patients require transplant in a year in India. Not even 1 per cent are able to undergo surgery due to scarcity of cadavers. htc