A 22-year-old man from Odisha received a heart sent from Indore on Saturday, paving the way for Mumbai to witness its twelfth cardiac transplant since August last year. The recipient was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes too big to pump blood.
Doctors said the surgery was successful because the organ was seamlessly transported to Fortis Hospital in Mulund from Choithram Hospital in Indore – covering a distance of 546 km in a matter of just 1.56 hours. A heart has to be transplanted within four hours of its retrieval from the donor’s body.
This is the second instance of a heart being flown into Mumbai from Indore.
Sources said that the donor was declared brain dead after a road accident earlier that day. Soon after his parents agreed to donate his organs, Dr Anvay Mulay – head of the cardiac transplant team at Fortis Hospital – harvested the heart at Choithram Hospital and sent it on its way at 12.20 pm. The organ reached Indore airport at 12.43 pm, following which it was moved into a Jet Airways commercial flight that took off at 12.55 pm. Soon after the flight landed at Mumbai’s domestic airport at 1.53 pm, it was transported to its destination by ambulance – a green corridor helping it through the traffic.
The heart reached Fortis Hospital at 2.14 pm, barely two hours after it started off from Indore.
Dr Mulay said the recipient will be kept under observation at the hospital’s intensive care unit for the next 48-72 hours.
“Such stories of young hearts saving young lives are truly inspiring,” said Dr S Narayani, zonal director, Fortis Hospital.