IN A first , the heart of a 28-year-old man, who was declared brain dead after a road accident, was transported by road from Ruby Hall Clinic to Fortis hospital at Mulund, in just 94 minutes. The heart was transplanted in a 14-year-old boy and the procedure was completed by 5 am on Friday.
“Transporting the organ by road was risky, but there were no flights available at the wee hours. The organ would have been of no use had we not taken up the challenge of transporting it by road,” said Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, one of the heart transplant surgeons at Fortis hospital. Jadhav, who is also a cardiac surgeon at Jehangir hospital, was busy with a cardiac bypass operation when he got a call to retrieve and harvest the heart from the body of a 28-year-old man at 11 pm on Thursday. “There was no time to lose and had we delayed, the organ would have been wasted as the 28-year-old’s blood pressure was dangerously low. By 1.30 pm, we were ready to leave,” Jadhav said.
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Dr Anvay Mulay cardiac surgeon at Fortis hospital Mulund performed the heart transplant
Sarang Awad, DCP, Traffic, who had been alerted about the heart transplant by Aarti Gokhale, Central coordinator of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, took an immediate decision and instead of setting up a green corridor at 1.30 pm, decided to provide an escort vehicle. The distance from Pune to Mulund is approximately 165 km, Awad said.
“The entire team — Pune rural police, highway police and Navi Mumbai police — ensured efficient coordination for a smooth transfer of the heart,” Awad said. Since August last year, four hearts have been sent from Pune to Mumbai and New Delhi for transplants. This week, two hearts were sent to Mumbai, Gokhale who coordinated the entire effort, said.
In fact, in this organ donation, the relatives agreed to donate immediately, she added. The 28-year-old was on a two-wheeler with his wife when they met with an accident. The youngster who was flung by the impact dashed into an electricity pole and suffered head injuries. He was admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic on May 11 and was declared brain dead by 4 pm on May 12. He had married two years ago and the couple has a nine month-old son, added Surekha Joshi, medical social worker with Ruby Hall Clinic. While the heart went to Mumbai, the liver was transplanted in a patient at Ruby Hall and the kidney sent to Sahyadri hospital.
Man working in Dubai flies home for kidney transplant
A 43-year-old Puneite, working in Dubai, took a flight and got admitted in Sahyadri hospital for a kidney transplant. Sharmila Padhye, medical social worker at Sahyadri hospital, said the man had a renal problem since three years and was registered on waiting list for a transplant. “He got admitted to Sahyadri on Friday and the kidney transplant was done,” Padhye said.