The health of the two heart transplant recipients in Mumbai, a 22-year-old man from Badlapur and a 26-year-old from Panvel, is improving, said doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where they underwent the surgery.
“The Badlapur man [Anwar Khan] has been weaned of all supporting medical equipment. The second transplant recipient is on ventilator and the next 48 hours are vital,” said Dr S Narayani, zonal director of the hospital.
Anwar Khan’s family is elated. “He waved at us from his bed in the intensive care unit (ICU). He is also able to talk. All the tubes that were inserted in his body are out,” said Shoaib Khan, brother of Anwar.
Hospital authorities maintain “extra caution” in case of heart transplant patients, and hence they are kept in complete isolation.
“They are vulnerable to infections. The families are allowed to see them from a distance,” said Narayani.
Overwhelmed by the success of the heart transplant facility, the hospital is applying for registration to perform lung, pancreas and intestine transplants. “We have the teams ready for starting these transplants. We are keen to have a lung transplant facility soon,” said Narayani.
Another patient waits for donor
Another heart failure patient admitted at Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road,k is waiting for a donor heart. On Saturday, the patient was registered with the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC). “We have some patients with end-stage organ failure, including a 16 -year-old boy,” said Dr Manoj Agni, senior cardiac and transplant surgeon.
Sources said that the condition of the patient registered on Saturday is stable.