Jayshree Mehta, 41, became the first patient to undergo a lung transplant in the city, when she was wheeled out of the intensive care unit of PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, on Monday.
Mehta, who underwent the surgery on July 11, was suffering from interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, a condition where the lung tissues get damaged resulting in reduced oxygen supply to the body. There is no cure, and patients require a transplant.
Hinduja Hospital was recognised as a lung transplant centre by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee in August 2011. “We tried facilitating four lung donations from brain dead patients in the past eight months. Two were not fit for transplant, the families of the other two refused,” said Dr Gustad Daver, medical director, Hinduja Hospital.
In Mehta’s case, the donor’s wife went against her relatives’ wishes and donated her brain dead husband's organs including his right lung. Of the seven patients on the lung transplant waitlist, Mehta had the best match with the donor.