Heart, lungs reach Mumbai from Chandigarh in 158 minutes to save two lives

Mumbai city news: This was the 51st heart transplant in the city and fourth lung transplant

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2017 08:50 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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According to the data by the Chennai-based Mohan Foundation, two lakh people in India need transplants every year.(Pic for Representation)

A heart and lungs from a Chandigarh-based donor were transported to the city saving lives of two end-stage organ failure patients on late Saturday night. This was the longest haul of donated organs in the city, covering a distance between Mumbai and Chandigarh in two hours and 38 minutes.

The donor, a 40-year-old man was declared brain dead at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh after he suffered a severe head injury on Saturday. His wife consented to donate all the organs.

The heart, which was transported to Mumbai, was transplanted into a 46-year old man from Dombivli who had a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. He works as a driver and was put on a ‘supra-urgent’ list since the past 37 days.

The lungs were implanted into a 55-year-old woman from Indore in Madhya Pradesh who was suffering from end-stage lung failure as she was suffering from Interstitial Lung Disease.

She was on ECMO support — a life-saving procedure which mimics the natural function of heart and lungs. She was wait-listed for more than two weeks and was also on the supra-urgent list. Both the transplants were performed at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. According to records, this was the 51st heart transplant in the city and 4th lung transplant.

“The last few month were very critical for my mother and for us too but now things are falling in place. And for this we will forever remain indebted to the team of doctors at this hospital,” said the lung recipient’s daughter.

The coordination between the donor and the recipients was facilitated by the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Coordination (NOTTO). Dr Vimal Bhandari, director, NOTTO, said, “Training, educating and equipping key medical and non-medical stakeholders in brain death declaration and donor work is the first step towards bridging the donor-recipient ratio. Such initiatives that are being conducted across the country are bearing fruit.” “This is also the first time that lung transplant has been facilitated through NOTTO, with the organ going from North to West India.”

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 00:44 IST