Pune: A heart was retrieved from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune by a transplant team from Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The donor heart was harvested from a 22-year-old female donor, a housewife, who was declared brain dead following a head injury suffered due to a fall. The young patient’s husband consented to donate her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, which saved five lives. The lungs were sent to Chennai for transplant.
The heart was transported to Mumbai by road, via a green corridor enabled by the Pune and Mumbai traffic police, covering 143 km in just one hour and 49 minutes. The recipient is a 24-year-old male, a college student, from Ghatkopar, Mumbai, who was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and had been on the wait list since May this year.
Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said the medical social workers and nursing units worked with the donor hospitals to retrieve the donor hearts; working in tandem with the civic authorities to transport it to the OT in record time. “We wouldn’t have been able to conduct these surgeries without the consent given by the kin’s families, who stood strong in the time of grief.
“With numbers of the cadaveric donations climbing, we would be able to help more such end-stage organ failure patients. The surgery has concluded, the patients are now stable and have been moved to the ICU. Next 48-72 hours will be critical for the recipients and they will be monitored round the clock,” said Mulay.
The donor heart from Pune was transferred out of Ruby Hall Hospital at 1:47 am on Thursday and reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 3:36 am. According to the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) Pune, since August 2015, there have been 29 green corridors with co-ordination between Pune Police and ZTCC. Liver from Aurangabad, Nashik and Solapur and heart to Mumbai by road has been sent via green corridor three times. Officials also noted that this has been possible because of the help from Pune and ZTCC.