Accident victim’s heart flown in from Indore, saves 11-year-old Mumbai boy’s life
Mumbai city news: The boy, who received the heart, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlargedmumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2017 08:50 IST
An 11-year-old boy from Andheri diagnosed with a fatal heart condition underwent a heart transplant surgery on Wednesday after the organ was flown in from Indore.
The donor was a 35-year old man, who was declared brain dead at Bombay Hospital in Indore after he met with a road accident. His five-month pregnant wife and mother gave their consent for the organ donation. Teams from Muskaan Trust and Indore Society for Organ Donation had counselled the family to ask them to donate the organs. The heart was transported to Mumbai in a commercial flight early Wednesday morning.
The boy, who received the heart, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged. He has been wait listed for a heart transplant for over a month. Dr Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where the surgery took place, said, “We have successfully concluded the surgery on our little recipient. He has been moved to the PICU and will be under close observation. I am happy that the two mothers donated the heart and saved a child.”
While this was the second paediatric heart transplant of the year, there are four more children who are wait-listed at Fortis Hospital. Last year, five paediatric transplants were performed in the city.
Madhavi Vishwakarma, a nine-year-old Goregaon resident who was also diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy was youngest in the state to undergo heart transplant surgery on February 1, 2017. “It is really difficult to get organ donations for paediatric cases as compared to adult cases given the sentimental value,” said a doctor from the hospital.