Swift coordination and time management between clinicians, medical and social workers, traffic authorities and nursing teams from Pune and Mumbai enabled a life-saving heart transplant on a 32-year-old man on Friday. A 24-year-old man, who used to run a tea stall at Khed Shivapur, had sustained head injuries in a traffic accident two days ago.
He was declared brain dead at Sahyadri Hospital, Pune, on Thursday. His parents, who worked as daily wage labourers, were counselled by medical social workers, after which they agreed to donate his heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys and corneas, and helped save at least seven patients from end-stage organ failure. The donor heart was retrieved by Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital. It was transported to Mumbai via a Green Corridor, to be transplanted into a 32-year-old man who had been diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
The surgery marked Mumbai’s 75th heart transplant since August 2015, said Dr S Narayani, zonal director, Fortis Hospital. This also marked the 50th organ donation in Pune this year, said Aarti Gokhale, chief coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, Pune.