Mumbai’s 36th heart transplant gives 10-year-old new lease of life
Robin underwent a surgery at the hospital but remained on ventilator.mumbai Updated: Nov 16, 2016 00:39 IST
Three years after losing their elder son on the same day, Badlapur-based D’souza family donated six organs of their younger son, after he was pronounced brain-dead at Jupiter Hospital of Thane. The feat, marked the 36th heart transplant of the city and gave a new lease of life to a 10-year-old Aurangabad boy suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
“My son continues to live, in the body of a 10-year-old boy,” said Suresh D’souza, father of 21-year-old Robin, who gave a lease of life to six people. Robin was rushed to Jupiter Hospital on November 2 from a civic hospital of Badlapur after meeting with a severe motorcycle accident. “He was two minutes away from the hospital when his bike skid over a stone. He and his friend were thrown off on a concrete parapet and were severely injured,” added Suresh.
While police rushed Robin to a local civic hospital, family members brought him to Jupiter Hospital in a non-cardiac van ambulance. Robin underwent a surgery at the hospital but remained on ventilator. The incident was a grim deja-vu for the family, who had lost their elder son, working with merchant navy, on November 15, 2013. “My elder son’s death had come as a huge shock but after some days I thought we could have donated his organs. Robin’s condition was so critical that I had very little hope. His prolonged hospital stay gave me time to think and decide that if the worst happens, I will definitely donate his organs,” said Suresh. He added that Robin, who was a painter and a tattoo artist, was working as a hairstylist at Enrich, Bandra and was also perusing further specialisation.
Officials from Jupiter Hospital said, “After we got the consent we informed the hospitals and ZTCC officials about the availability of organs.” The cardiac transplant team of Fortis Hospital transported the heart at 02:12 PM, covering a distance of 9kms in 10 minutes.
Dr Vijay Agarwal, Head of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Our Medical Social Workers have put in tremendous effort to find the right organ match in terms of blood group and size. A special word of thanks to the parents of the donor who, in this moment of grief, have been selfless and enabled another young child to be able to live a full life.”