Heart flown in from Indore, gives new leash of life to Maharashtra driver
A 46-year-old driver from Raigad on Tuesday got a new lease of life after the family of a 45-year-old meat seller from Indore donated his heart — a second interstate heart transplant between the two states.mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2016 00:31 IST
A 46-year-old driver from Raigad on Tuesday got a new lease of life after the family of a 45-year-old meat seller from Indore donated his heart — a second interstate heart transplant between the two states. The surgery recorded the 27th heart transplant of the city for this year.
Surgeons at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where the surgery took place, said that the donor’s heart was transported from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, to Mumbai in two hours by air, covering a distance of 566 km. The organ transplant team was led by Dr Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Overall, this was the 35th heart transplant in the city.
“The recipient from Alibaug in Raigad was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy and had been on the waitlist for the past two months. The donation became possible when the donor was declared brain dead at Suyash Hospital in Indore following a road accident,” said the hospital officials. Following counselling to the family of the patient, they decided to donate his organs. The donor is survived by his parents, wife and two children. The donor was moved to Choitaram Hospital of Indore for further assessment and medical examination.
After the family’s consent, the team of surgeons rushed to Indore to harvest the donor’s heart. The live heart was transferred out of Choitaram Hospital at 11:16am and it was airlifted from Indore at 11:39am. The plane landed in Mumbai at 12:53pm and was transported in an ambulance to reach Fortis Hospital, Mulund, at 01:16pm for an immediate transplant.
Speaking about the Mumbai’s record number of heart transplants, Dr Mulay said, “We greatest appreciation and respect for the donor’s family who took a decision to save a life at the time of personal loss.”