The eight heart transplant in the city in five months took place on Saturday after the organ of a 39-year-old man from Aurangabad was transplanted into a Worli resident with impaired heart function.
The first heart transplant in Mumbai, after an unsuccessful attempt way back in 1968, was done at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, last August on a 22-year-old man.
Sunil Budhwant, who was diagnosed of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) — an incurable brain condition — about four years ago, was declared brain dead at MIT Hospital, Aurangabad.
On Saturday, doctors from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where the recipient is admitted, went to Aurangabad to harvest Budhwant’s heart. “His family was cooperative and willingly donated his organs,” said Dr Sunil Kulkarni, president of zonal transplant coordination committee, Aurangabad. Budhwant was shifted to Seth Nandlal Dhoot Hospital, where the process of organ retrieval was undertaken.
The harvested heart was transported to Aurangabad airport through a green corridor. Doctors brought the heart to Mumbai in a chartered flight that reached the airport at 11.19am. The ambulance ferrying the heart left the airport at 11.21am and reached the hospital in Mulund at 11.41am.
The 28-year-old Worli resident, who received the transplant, was having dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart is enlarged with impaired function. He was waiting for a heart transplant for the last six months.
“The next 48-72 hours will be critical and the patient will be monitored round-the-clock,” said Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the cardiac transplant team.
A green corridor was created to ferry the liver to a Pune hospital. The kidneys were transplanted to patients admitted at hospitals in Aurangabad.
Within minutes after surgeons completed the heart transplant surgery, a family of a seven-year-old patient admitted at a Mahim hospital had shown willingness to donate the organs. This donor will be among the youngest in the city.
In 79 minutes
10.22am: Donor heart left Dhoot Hospital for Aurangabad airport
10.25am: Reached Aurangabad airport
10.29am: Private aircraft carrying the heart took off from Aurangabad
11.19am: Aircraft reached Mumbai airport
11.21am: Left Mumbai airport
11.41am: Reached Fortis hospital, Mulund
What is a green corridor?
A green corridor refers to the clearing of a stretch of road to give way to an ambulance. As heart transplants have to be performed within four hours of harvesting, it is vital for the timely transportation of the organ from the donor hospital to the recipient. A green corridor is a non-stop thoroughfare.