The family members of a 24-year-old man from Ropar had never expected that a phone call from PGI will bring them happiness. Their son was suffering from a heart disease, and on Tuesday, PGI doctors called the family to inform that a heart is being retrieved from a brain-dead woman which will be transplanted into their son. After a five-hour-long operation on Thursday evening, the doctors successfully transplanted the heart. It is the third heart transplant at the institute.
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“It has come as a miracle for us. We feel so lucky and blessed,” said the patient’s father Gurmukh Singh, who is a contractual employee with a company. “I am happy that now my son has got a new life after the transplant.”
According to the doctors, the patient’s old heart was only 15 per cent functional. “He had come twice to PGI after he was given dates for transplant,” said a doctor. “On both occasions, it couldn’t happen because the heart which was retrieved was not in a good condition.”
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Not only heart, the PGI doctors said that liver, kidneys, pancreas and corneas were also successfully retrieved from the 35-year-old patient from Punjab who was declared brain-dead on Wednesday.
A PGI statement said that the liver was successfully transplanted into a patient who was suffering from Hepatitis C- related Cirrhosis and was in need of a liver.
The statement added that the brain-dead patient, identified as Kiran, had given a new lease of life to four critical patients and gave a gift of sight to two more, thereby impacting six precious lives. “It was the 25th cadaver organ donation in the institute,” the statement said.
“It’s a gift of life for the recipients and a huge accomplishment for the entire team of PGI involved in the process,” said Dr Vipin Koushal, nodal officer, Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation, PGI.
On Wednesday, doctors at PGI successfully retrieved organs of a 47-year-old brain-dead patient which were transplanted into four recipients at the institute.