Kolkata hospital ready with introductory offer of a new heart for Rs 6 lakh
Waiting for government approvals for the procedure.
Forty-six years after the first heart transplant surgery in South Africa and eight years after the first such operation in Bengaluru, a team of doctors of a premier private hospital in the city are all set to perform the feat for the first time in eastern India. That is if the state’s health department gives the green signal that is mandatory in such cases.
The cost of the operation will be a mere Rs 6 lakh, down from the Rs 30 lakh that patients have to shell out in most hospitals in south India.
An operation in a Bengaluru hospital in 2008 cost about Rs 40 lakh.
However this low figure is the introductory cost,, which the hospital is offering to raise awareness. “This is the expenditure for medicine and hospitalisation. We will work out the actual cost later. For the first few cases we will keep the cost around Rs 6 lakh to raise awareness,” said cardio thoracic surgeon Dr Sushan Mukherjee, who will lead a team of 10 doctors for the surgery.
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Mukherjee will perform the operation at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. The team will wrap up the procedure within the outer limit of four hours and the patient will have to stay in hospital for about 10 days.
“We are ready with all the plans with team of doctors, organ transplantation committee, high-end operation theatre equipped with the latest machinery. Around 23 recipients of cadaveric hearts are waiting to undergo the surgery. We have written to the health department requesting its clearance,” Mukherjee told HT.
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“We have also started the process of contacting relatives of brain dead patients in state-run and private hospitals. The heart condition of the donor will be first thoroughly checked before it is transplanted,” the doctor added.
“If the heart transplant surgery at such low costs is a success works, it will benefit everyone,” said Dr Saroj Mondal, a senior cardiologist from the state-run SSKM Hospital.