Surat resident's heart saves life of patient from Mumbai

Surat resident’s heart saves the life of a patient from Vikhroli in Fortis Hospital; his liver and kidneys were sent to hospitals in Ahmedabad

“My father always helped people. We wanted him to help others even after his death. Now, he will always be remembered,” said Jay Patel exclusively to mid-day. Jay is the son of 54-year-old Ramesh Patel, whose organs were donated to four persons yesterday.

Jay Patel (red T-shirt) took the decision of donating the organs of his father, Ramesh (inset)
Jay Patel (red T-shirt) took the decision of donating the organs of his father, Ramesh (inset)

Ramesh, who worked as a petrol pump manager in Surat, had suffered a brain haemorrhage after an accident on Sunday afternoon and was declared brain dead by the next night.

(left) Anwar’s handwriting before and (right) after the surgery
(left) Anwar’s handwriting before and (right) after the surgery

Jay (26) said after his father was declared brain dead, the decision on whether to donate the organs rested on him. He decided to carry on his father’s legacy of helping others. “I will now suggest all my friends and family members to pledge their organs for donation so that we can save more lives,” he said.

A 54-year-old Vikhroli resident at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy — in which the heart’s ability to pump blood drastically drops — received Ramesh’s heart, which was transported from Surat in 77 minutes. The recipient’s condition is stable post-transplant.

“After he was declared brain dead, we spoke to his family for organ donations and they readily agreed. His liver and kidneys were sent to hospitals in Ahmedabad and the heart to Fortis,” said Nilesh Mandlewala, president of Donate Life, a non-profit organization for cadaver organ donation, told mid-day from Surat.

Anvay Mulay, chief of the cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, said, “The recipient has been moved to the ICU and will be kept under observation for the next 48-72 hours”.

This is the 18th heart transplant in Mumbai since August last year.

Meet Anwar, city’s 1st transplant case
“People often ask me how I feel with a heart of another person inside me. I don’t feel any different. Unlike what is shown in the movies, one doesn’t see their donors in their dreams,” said an amused Anwar, who was 22 when he received a heart in August last year.

Anwar Khan sweating it out in the gym. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Anwar Khan sweating it out in the gym. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

A fitness freak, Anwar doesn’t find it difficult to lift weights and do push-ups, but his hand shakes whenever he holds anything for long. This is the reason his handwriting has changed. “Once after a fight, I wasn’t talking to Anwar. Then he sent me a picture of his handwriting, asking me if his writing is still as good,” said his brother, Shoaib. Anwar’s voice chord nodule has undergone a change post-surgery.

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