Transplant survivor from Satara aims for World Transplant Games

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

At last, I could find a doctor who could help us. The solution was to undergo a lung-heart transplant. But, in the last few months, we had exhausted all our funds. I started urging people to help us in anyway possible. And everything happened positively. Today, after three months of transplant, I am very happy to see that my wife is doing well

Pune: Komal Godse, 26, from Satara underwent a lung-heart transplant in May 2017 after she was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension. She wants to participate in the 2019 World Transplant Games - a sporting event exclusively for transplant survivors.

Married in 2016, this young girl started falling sick very often. She is based in Satara and teaches at an engineering college.

“I used to get tired only by climbing the stairs and I was also losing weight rapidly. I was on oxygen since March 2017. My husband and I tried approaching a lot of doctors in Pune as well as Mumbai, but all of them said that there is no solution for my condition,” said Godse, who was in the city to interact with media persons on Tuesday.

Her husband Dheeraj also mentioned that her condition was deteriorating every day and there seemed to be no solution.

“At last, I could find a doctor who could help us. The solution was to undergo a lung-heart transplant. But, in the last few months, we had exhausted all our funds. I started urging people to help us in anyway possible. And everything happened positively. Today, after three months of transplant, I am very happy to see that my wife is doing well,” he said.

The duo approached Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai that finally saved the young woman’s life. Dr Sandeep Attawar, Program Director and Chair Cardiac Surgeries, Thoracic Organ Transplant, Gleneagles Global Health City said, “Komal was very frail and confused when she was brought into our facility in Chennai. She had already undergone the ordeal of visiting many hospitals due to which the family and patient had lost all hope of recovery.”

“We were very happy to receive a heart and pair of lungs that were a match for her and went ahead with the surgery as soon as possible. I am glad that the surgery was a huge success and that we were able to provide Komal and her family with some much needed respite,” Dr Attawar added.

He further mentioned that the pair of lungs and heart were retrieved from a paediatric donor who was the victim of a road accident.

The couple celebrated their first anniversary right after the transplant surgery.  “It was very difficult for me to see her suffer. But, her grit and determination gave me the courage to keep smiling and to become her strength,” said Dheeraj.

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