In a case of inter-city organ transplant, the heart and lungs of a 40-year old accident victim, were transported from Chandigarh to Mumbai after retrieval of the organs, an Indian Express report said. These organs were donated to two persons who were in urgent need. As per the team of surgeons from Pune and Mumbai, it was the longest en-bloc heart and lung retrieval as they had to travel from Chandigarh to Mumbai, covering 1,351 km.
Last Saturday, Pune-based cardiovascular thoracic surgeon Dr Sanjeev Jadhav flew from Mumbai to Delhi along with Dr V Shetty and Sandeep Sinha from Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital.
From the national capital, they took a chartered flight to reach Chandigarh. “We reached Chandigarh at 6.30 pm and went to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, where the lungs and heart were harvested and transferred to a chartered flight that took off from Chandigarh at 11.27 pm,” Dr Jadhav was quoted as saying by Indian Express. After landing in Mumbai at 1.15 am, both organs were transported in an ambulance to Fortis Hospital at 1.40 am for transplantation.
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Speaking to the paper, Dr Anvay Mulay of the Fortis Hospital said that the heart was implanted in a 46-year-old man from Dombivli, who was suffering from the heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy. “He was on the urgent list for past 37 days,” said Dr Mulay further told Indian Express. The lungs were implanted in a 55-year-old woman who was suffering from end-stage lung failure.She was admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune but was transferred to Fortis hospital.
In another case, organs transplanted from a brain dead person, Ahmedabad, helped save lives of four in Gujarat, the paper said in another report. Even as his heart was transplanted to a 24-year-old Surat man by the doctors of the Ahmedabad’s CIMS Hospital, his liver and kidneys saved lives of three people.