Bhigwan farmer gets a new lease of life

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 13 June 2019

18-yr-old braindead patient donates heart

Pune: A 30-year-old farmer from Bhigwan received a new lease of life through a successful heart transplant on Tuesday. The heart was retrieved from an 18-year-old donor who was declared brain dead in Kolhapur. Later the heart was brought to Pune by the green corridor. 

The team which performed the heart transplant included Dr Manoj Durairaj, Programme Head, Department of Heart Transplant, Sahyadri Hospital; Dr Shantanu Shastri, Heart Transplant Anaesthetist; Dr Rajesh Kaushish, Senior Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon (CTVS), Dr Sandeep Tadas; Senior Cardiac Surgeon, Cardiac Anaesthetists, Dr Suhas Sonawane, Dr Saurabh Bokil, Heart Transplant Coordinator, Dr Swati Nikam, Perfusionist Prashant Dhumal and team.

Speaking about the surgery, Dr Manoj Durairaj said that the team of doctors reached Kolhapur at 2 am on Tuesday and the donor’s heart was explanted at around 5 am.

“Then, the donors’ team left Kolhapur and travelled to Pune by road. Thanks to the green corridor implemented by traffic police, the team covered the distance between Kolhapur and Pune in just 2 hours and 20 minutes and reached Pune at 7.20 am. After this, we immediately started with the surgery. The surgery took around 5 hours. Following the success of the surgery, the patient is expected to go home within a week,” said Durairaj.

Giving details about the donor, Head of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) Pune, Arti Gokhale, aid that the donor was an 18-year-old from Kolhapur who succumbed to his head injury caused in a road accident on June 8 at 8.30 pm.

“The donor was from a farmer family and had just cleared his SSC exam and was on a two-wheeler when the accident occurred. He was admitted at Diamond Super Speciality Hospital, Kolhapur where he was declared brain dead,” said Gokhale.

She also added that the liver is donated to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital based in Pune. 

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