Mulund: Perfect synchronization between Clinicians, Medical Social Workers and Nursing Teams in Pune, Mankhurd, Navi Mumbai and Mulund, enabled two heart transplants within 4 hours, to save lives of a 24y r old male and 58 yr old male. Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) Mumbai and Pune, Traffic and Police authorities of both the cities enabled these lifesaving transplants, in the Organ Donation Awareness Week.
Retrieved from Ruby Hall Hospital, Pune, by the transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund; the donor heart was harvested from 22 yr 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 for her Heart, Lungs, Liver and Kidneys to be donated, saving five lives. The Heart was transported to Mumbai by road, via a Green Corridor enabled by the Pune & Mumbai Traffic and Police authorities, covering 143 Kms in 1hr and 49 mins. The recipient is a 24 yr old male, a college student, from Ghatkopar, Mumbai, who was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and had been waitlisted in May 2017.
Cadaveric donation at MGM Hospital, Vashi, witnessed the husband and children of a 45yr old domestic worker donating her Heart, Liver and Kidneys. Declared brain dead on August 16th, the patient succumbed to her injuries following a railway accident. This marks Mumbai’s 34th cadaveric donation since January 2017. Retrieved from the hospital by the transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, the donor heart was implanted into a 58yr old male recipient from Thane, who was listed in the previous week on the ‘Super Urgent List’. A Peon by profession, the recipient suffered from Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The Heart was transported to Mulund by road, via a Green Corridor enabled by the Navi Mumbai & Mumbai Traffic and Police authorities, covering 18Kms in 16mins.
Speaking at the juncture of this medical landmark, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Our teams, 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 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”.
Talking about the milestone surgeries which were enabled within 4 hours, Dr S Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Families of the young donors enabled these surgeries, we remain obliged to them. While we are happy that two deserving patients benefitted from these transplants, we await a miracle to save lives of little Aaradhya and Suhana”.
The donor heart from Pune was transferred out of Ruby Hall Hospital at 01.47AM, following the Green Corridor laid between Pune and Mumbai, covering 143Kms by road to reach Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 03.36AM. While the donor heart from MGM Hospital, Vashi was transferred out of the hospital at 07.24AM, following the Green Corridor laid between Vashi and Mulund, covering 18Kms by road to reach Fortis Hospital at 07.40AM.