A wait of several months followed by a 12-hour operation marked the first lung transplant in the city. The procedure was done earlier this month. Jayashree Mehta,41,got a new lease of life after a team of senior doctors at Hinduja Hospital successfully transplanted a right lung. While the doctors were wary of the after-effects of the high risk transplant,Mehta is doing fine and will soon undergo physiotherapy rehabilitation.
Although Mehtas operation was performed on July 11,the hospital confirmed it only on Monday. Mehtas donor was a man who was declared brain-dead in the same hospital. Hospital sources said the donors wife donated her late husbands despite opposition from relatives.
A resident of Vile Parle,Mehta was suffering from a condition known as pulmonary fibrosis. Her husband Parag Mehta said he was relieved that the operation was successful. We were waiting for the operation to be done. Her condition was worsening by the day, he said. The patient has been shifted from the ICU and will undergo physiotherapy sessions.
A lengthy procedure,lung transplant operations pose the risks of organ rejection and increased infection in many cases.
As soon as we have a donor ready,we match his lung size,blood group and tissue type with the patients registered for transplant. While harvesting the lung,we again conduct examination of the lungs,only after which it is transplanted, said Dr Jnanesh Thacker,cardiovascular thoracic surgeon,PD Hinduja Hospital.
Dr Gustad Daver,medical director,Hinduja Hospital,who was part of the operating team,said while this marked an important step,there was much needed to be done. Families,he said,need to come forward for cadaver donations of their kin.
We tried facilitating four lung donations in the past eight months. While two were not fit for transplant,in the other cases the families refused. There is a need for more awareness,as we anticipate a rise in patients requiring lung donations.