MUMBAI: The city recorded its 18th heart transplant on Tuesday morning after a 53-year-old man from Surat with severe cardiac condition received a heart from a brain-dead donor from the same city
he 54-year-old donor was admitted at M ah av ir Hospital, Surat, and was declared brain dead following a road accident.
The donor’s family consented to donate his kidneys, liver, corneas and the heart after they were counselled by an NGO called Donate Life. The donations saved the lives of six patients who had end-stage organ failures.
A team of doctors from Mumbai went to Surat on Tuesday morning to retrieve the donor’s heart, which was transported to Mumbai in 1 hour and 17 minutes.
According to doctors, the recipient was wait-listed by the zonal transplant coordination committee for the past two months.
“The recipient had a heart problem called dilated cardiomyopathy and his condition was rapidly deteriorating. A transplant was absolutely essential to save him,” said Dr Anvay Mulay, chief of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
“The patient is now stable. He’s been moved to the intensive care unit and will be kept under observation for the next 48-72 hours,” he added.
Dr S Narayani, zonal director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “This is the fifth time we have received the donor heart from Gujarat. Their support to the heart-transplant programme is encouraging.”