City doctors performed the city’s 28th heart transplant after the family members of a brain-dead man from Pune donated his heart on Thursday morning.
The donor was a 31-year old man who died from intracranial bleeding at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune. His family consented to donate his liver and kidneys, saving three other lives.
The heart recipient, a 31-year-old woman from the Buldhana district of Amravati, had a fatal condition called postpartum dilated cardiomyopathy, said doctors who were treating her. They added that she had been on the waiting list, prepared by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, for the last three months. A transplant was absolutely essential to save her life, according to specialists.
A team of doctors travelled to Pune to retrieve the donor’s heart. The organ was transported from Pune to Mumbai by air in just above an hour.
“The patient had been moved to the ICU and is under observation. We hope that this encouraging story inspires more people to come forth and join the cause,” said Dr Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.