PGI’s first heart transplant patient healthy

Discharged on Saturday in a hush-hush manner after surgery held 20 days ago

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Chandigarh | Published: August 29, 2013 1:42 am

After keeping him under observation for 20 days,the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research (PGIMER) discharged the recepient of its first heart transplant surgery from the hospital on Saturday.

The transplant which was conducted on August 4 had made PGIMER the first institute in the north of Delhi to have conducted such a complicated surgery. “The patient for now is hale and hearty and has been discharged,” confirmed a senior doctor on Wednesday. “The surgery has been successful so far. However,the hospital will go by the standard protocol which is to be followed in such cases,to keep a check on the health of the patient” he added.

The recepient of PGIMER’s first ever liver transplant in April 2011 had developed a brain haemorrhage after the fourth day of the surgery and had succumbed to the post operation infections on the 30th day.

“So far no complications have arisen after the surgery. I am very thrilled the success of the transplant given that it is the first of the kind in the region” the son of the patient,told Newsline. “My father can walk and talk properly and can now lead a usual life. However,we need to make some changes in our lifestyle,since we cant risk any sort of infection which are not unusual post operation” he added.

The Ambala resident was diagnosed with left ventricular failure and was reffered to PGIMER. It was late Kashmira Singh whose heart was harvested to the patient giving him a new life. The Hoshiarpur resident Kashmira Singh who who was declared brain-dead following an accident has expressed his wish to donate organs. Fulfilling his last wish,his attendents decided to donate his heart and other organs.

The multi organ transplant was carried out by a team of cardiovascular and general surgeons and anaesthetists where along with Singh’s heart,his corneas and kidneys were also harvested to other patients.

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