Young girl gets heart which was transported in 27 minutes

New Delhi: A 32-km 'green corridor' was set up between Delhi and Gurgaon to transport a heart, which was transplanted to a 23-year-old girl with a rare heart disease admitted at a city hospital.

The live heart was transported to the Escorts Heart Institute in 27 minutes 56 seconds where the recipient was admitted, after the 'Corridor' was created between Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurgaon and Fortis Escorts Heart Institute here.

The surgical procedure for the transplant took four hours to complete.

The family of 58-year-old donor, who had suffered brain hemorrhage and was declared brain dead at Fortis in Gurgaon, agreed to donate his organs, doctors said.

The girl, Oshin Goyal, suffered from restrictive cardio myopathy since the last nine years. She initially had swelling on her feet and legs and gradually developed worsening breathlessness, abdomen and face, doctors said.

"Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a rarest form of cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the walls of the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) are abnormally rigid and lack the flexibility to expand as the ventricles fill with blood," Dr ZS Meharwal, Director and Coordinator, Cardiovascular Surgery Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said.

"When the patient was brought to us, we had a huge challenge on our hands as she had been bed-ridden for the last four months and had an extremely weak heart. Whether her body would be able to withstand the surgery put a big responsibility in our hands," Meharwal said.

The discrepancy in the sizes of the donor's heart from that of the recipient's heart chamber presented added challenges, he said.

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