Another heart transplant patient died at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Saturday. With this, the success rate of heart transplant at the institute has come down to 33.3%.
Doctors had performed heart transplant surgery, the PGIMER’s third, on a 24-year-old man from Ropar on October 27. He was suffering from decompensated cardio myopathy (condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently). But they could not save the man.
“I don’t know what was the cause of his death. Doctors told me that he got infection,” said the patient’s father.
The doctors chose not to comment on the matter.
Doctors have performed three heart transplants at PGIMER so far. In August 2013, the doctors performed the first heart transplant surgery on a 53-year-old Ambala resident. He was showing progress and used to walk 5-6 km daily. But few months later, his body started showing signs of organ rejection and he died in February.
HARYANA TEEN, THE ONLY SURVIVOR
The second patient, a 16-year-old boy from Haryana, was operated upon in September last year and is leading a healthy life, so far. “My son is doing well after the heart transplant. He has started going to school again. There are no heath issues.
The doctor at PGI has given him a second lease of life,” his father said.