KGMU to build quick network for transporting hearts

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2015 12:45 IST

In its bid to meet the surging demand for heart transplants, KGMU is looking to have a state-wide network to benefit patients everywhere in UP.

Head of cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery (CTVS) department prof SK Singh said the network would include all those places from where the organ can be transported within four hours.

This is the period in which transportation has to be completed to keep the retrieved organ fit for transplant.

“In the case of kidney, the organ must be transplanted within six hours’ time but in in heart, there are only four hours. So we will such a network in which transportation can be done and transplant started within this time frame,” said professor Singh.

Sharing his experience in Australia, he said the key factor in such a surgery is time and a healthy organ that must be transplanted in the recipient.

“In Australia, the road and air transport system is well connected, but in India, things are different. So we are considering viable options,” said prof Singh.

As KGMU has been retrieving organs like kidney and liver from brain dead patients over the past few months and giving it to patients for transplant at PGI, the first few surgeries can be with organs coming from the campus only.

But to expand the programme, the university will need cooperation from other medical institutes also.

“The donor and recipient have to be centrally located and connected with good transport. We are chalking out a programme for this also,” said prof Singh.

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