The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh performed a heart transplant few days back.
It was the second transplant the institute has performed to date.
The heart transplant was performed on a 15-year old boy from Haryana, who was suffering from heart enlargement.
The heart was harvested from the body of a brain dead patient who was brought to the institute with a brain stroke but couldn’t recover.
Brain death is the irreversible death of cells of the central nervous system following loss.
It can occur after severe head injury, stroke, brain hemoerrhage and even brain tumour.
The sources said the condition of the boy is stable but he is still admitted under observation in the hospital.
The transplant was performed by a team of surgeons led by head of the department Dr T Shyam K Singh.
Sources said the surgery, which went on for several hours, was planned in well-in-advance.
The first time Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research conducted a heart transplant was in August 2013 when a team of surgeons from the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery (CTVS) conducted the operation on a 53-year-old man.
It was the first such surgery conducted north of Delhi.
The person had died after five months of unedrgoing the heart transplant surgery at PGIMER.
The institute has been focusing on organ transplant for the past several years.
Significantly the first heart transplant in India was done on August 3, 1994 at Delhi’s renowned All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Since then, around 100 heart transplants have been conducted in 21 years as very few families agree to donate organs in India.
This is true even after the person is brain-dead of prospective donor.