Doctors on Thursday performed a simultaneous heart and lung transplant on a 48-year-old policeman from Andheri. The procedure, according to doctors is rare owing to shortage of donors, as both the organs are transplanted in the patient in a single operation. This could be the first such surgery in the city even though doctors said that such surgeries have been done in other cities.
The feat was achieved after the family of a 37-year-old Kanjurmarg resident, who was declared brain dead after he suffered a brain haemorrhage, donated his organs — heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and corneas — which saved lives of six organ-failure patients in a single day.
Meanwhile, doctors who performed the heart and lung transplant said that the recipient had a congenital heart condition called Eisenmenger’s syndrome, which is usually caused by a hole in the heart wall.
“In this condition, the blood flows in the reverse direction — from the right chamber to the left. This increases the pressure in the arteries, which then affects the lungs and causes the tissues to harden,” said Dr Hasmukh Rawat, consultant cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund
Dr Rawat said that most patients with this condition have poor prognosis and require a simultaneous heart and lung transplant. “The patient’s condition went unnoticed for several years. He used to get breathless every now and then, and his tongue and nails would turn blue, even after walking short distances,” said Dr Rawat.
The patient was waitlisted by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) for around four months now.
Dr Anvay Mulay, chief of cardiac transplant team at the hospital said, “We have concluded the surgery successfully. The next 48 to 72 hours will be critical and the patient will be monitored round-the-clock.”
While one of the kidneys and the liver were transplanted into patients admitted in the same hospital, the other kidney was sent to PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim. The corneas were sent to an eye bank at another private hospital.