Before undergoing a lung transplant on July 11, Jayshree Mehta was on external oxygen supply for two years. She was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis eight years ago.
“For the past six months, Jayshree was bedridden. We kept praying that someone would donate a lung so that the surgery could happen at the earliest. We were very anxious,” said Mehta’s husband, Parag, a Vile Parle based businessman.
The staff at PD Hinduja Hospital was equally anxious, as they were preparing for a lung transplant for almost a year. The Mahim hospital was recognised as a lung transplant facility in August 2011 by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), and its lung transplant team was conducting drills once a week to prepare for a surgery.
The ZTCC had a waiting list of 10 patients for a lung transplant, of which three died waiting for a donor.
On July 11, a brain-dead patient’s wife agreed to donate his right lung. “As soon as we had a donor ready, we matched his lung size, blood group and tissue type with the patients registered,” said Dr Jnanesh Thacker, cardio vascular thoracic surgeon, PD Hinduja Hospital.
Mehta had the best match with the donor’s profile. In a 12-hour procedure, doctors harvested the donor’s lung and transplanted it into Mehta.
On Monday evening, Mehta was shifted out of the intensive care unit. “We hope Jayshree will be able to lead a normal life,” said Parag.
Mehta’s successful lung transplant has raised the hopes of six other patients suffering from end-stage lung diseases and requiring immediate lung transplant. Aruna Sangani, 53, a resident of Juhu, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis six years ago. A lung transplant would relieve her from the agony of depending on external oxygen supply. “I am happy that the first transplant has happened. I hope we get more lung donations, so that all of us get treated soon,” said Sangani.
Dr Zarir Udwadia, chest physician, Hinduja Hospital, said there is an increase in the number of patients being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.