Mumbai woman suffers brain haemorrhage, saves six lives after death
Mumbai city news: This was Mumbai’s 50th heart transplant surgery.mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2017 13:40 IST
The city recorded its 50th heart transplant on Tuesday, reaching the milestone within 19 months of the first successful transplant.
The first transplant was in August 2015.
The donor was 55-year-old Sneha Yevlekar, who had suffered a sub-acute haemorrhage (bleeding outside the brain) at her workplace. Her family donated her kidneys, corneas, liver and heart, which helped six people.
Dr Sanjay Oak, former dean of KEM Hospital and a neighbour of the family, guided them through the transplant procedure after Sneha was pronounced brain dead at Fortis Hospital in Mulund on Monday night. “I was overseas when Sneha suffered the sub-acute hemorrhage. After the doctors exhausted all means in trying to revive her, I approached the family with the idea to donate her vital organs. They did not hesitate even for a second, which I think is commendable,” he said.
After the family’s consent, hospital officials started retrieving Sneha’s organs. This was the 21st cadaver donation this year. The heart was transplanted into a 37-year-old man from Satara by Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the cardiac transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The recipient had been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and was enlisted for a transplant since April.
Expressing gratitude towards the donor’s family, the recipient’s brother Vishal said, “For us, she (Sneha) was a blessing. Not only has she saved my brother, but three others after her death. We will remember her forever.”
The kidney was transplanted to a 27-year-old woman from Thane by Dr Ramesh Mahajan, urologist and transplant surgeon and Dr Haresh Dodeja, nephrologist. The recipient was suffering from chronic kidney disease and was waiting for a transplant for four years. “Specialists are monitoring the recipients closely at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Dr Rahul Pandit, director, intensive care, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, is leading them” said Dr Mahajan. Another kidney was given to a patient registered with the of zonal transplant coordination committee at a city hospital.
The liver was transplanted onto a 60-year-old woman from Kolkata by Dr Rakesh Rai, senior consultant, hepato-pancreatic-biliary and transplant surgery. “She was suffering from decompensated liver disease and was put on the waiting list since this February,” said Dr Rai.
Dr S Narayani, zonal director of Fortis Hospital said that Mumbai had fast developed into the epicentre of cardiac transplants across the world. “The feat wouldn’t have been possible without the team that overlooked the procedure — from the donation to the transplant. This is a landmark for the city’s heart transplant programme,” said the doctor.