Thanks to the efforts of traffic police, doctors, district administrations in different parts of the country, a 16-year-old girl in Mumbai became the youngest in the city to get a heart which came within less than two hours from Indore to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai.
The Vikhroli-based girl, who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle), got the heart of the 20-year-old girl, a patient of epilepsy.
The donor was declared brain dead at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Indore at around 1.30 pm on January 2, when she suffered a head injury.
The inter-state organ transplant was made possible because of the green corridor facility.
The transplant surgeon Dr Anvay Mulay said:
“The heart was harvested by 7.11 am on January 3, at Choithram Hospital in Madhya Pradesh and reached Devi Ahilyabai Airport in Indore at 7.24 am through a green corridor. About five signals were blocked for the ambulance to speed through. By 7.41 am, the team took off in a private flight and landed at Mumbai’s domestic airport at 8.49am. An ambulance, which was kept on standby for swift transfer of the heart, left the airport at 8.51 am and reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund, at 9.07 am via green corridor.”
The heart reached the hospital in one hour 58 minutes, and the surgery commenced after that.
“The inter-State heart transplant was a breakthrough.The surgery has been successfully concluded. The patient is now stable,” said transplant surgeon Dr Vijay Agarwal.
Apart from the heart, the liver was sent to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Delhi. It was transplanted into a 48-year-old man from economically weaker section who was suffering from a liver disease and had been waiting for the transplant for the last six months.
The doctors said that this was the first deceased donation liver transplant in 2016.
Doctors in Delhi said:
“The liver arrived in Delhi at 9:55 am and was transported via a green corridor from Indira Gandhi international airport terminal-3 to ILBS in 11 minutes with dedicated traffic police support.”
The donor ‘s kidneys and the skin were donated to patients in Indore.
“The list of patients with end-stage organ failure in increasing and we hope to steadily progress towards bridging the gap,” said Sujata Patwardhan, secretary at Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC).
This was the second inter-state heart transplant in Maharashtra and the sixth so far in a year.
In December 2015, a 58-year-old recipient in Mumbai got a heart of a brain-dead patient, which was transferred within one hour and 32 minutes.
In August 2015, a 19-year-old boy’s heart and lung were airlifted from Kochi to Chennai which were transplanted to a patient at Fortis Malar hospital in Chennai.