The city witnessed its 10th successful heart transplant surgery on a 48-year-old female, who was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy, on Wednesday.
The woman was gifted a new lease of life by a 50-year-old female, who was declared brain dead after she suffered a head injury in a train accident, and was being treated at a hospital in Thane. The family consented to donate her organs to save lives of five deserving recipients through her heart, kidneys, liver and corneas. The transportation of the donor heart between the two hospitals was completed in 8 minutes covering a distance of over 12 kms.
Following the pre-decided route from Eastern Express Highway, Airoli Junction and Fortis Hospital, Mulund, the ambulance commenced with the preserved heart at 7.23 am, and reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 7.31 am. The traffic authorities quickly cleared the traffic on the roads and stalled the red lights in perfectly synchronised manner to enable the donor heart to travel to the hospital in record time.
On successful completion of the heart transplant surgery, conducting surgeon, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “We are proud to reach this milestone. There cannot be anything nobler than to save someone’s life. The donors and their families deserve the greatest applause as they saved so many lives through this noble cause of organ donation.”
Speaking about the heart transplant surgery, Dr Mulay further said, “The surgery was successfully completed. We’ve moved the patient to the ICU where she will be monitored round the clock for the next 48-72 hours.”
The doctor added, “This milestone was only possible because of the immense support we have been getting from the Department of Health, Maharashtra, ZTCC Mumbai, Police & Traffic authorities, supporting hospitals and NGOs, who’ve worked in coordination to make these life-saving surgeries happen.”