Mulund : In the city’s 40th Heart Transplant, surgeons from Fortis Hospital, Mulund successfully transplanted a donor heart to save the life of a 31-year-old male. The harvested heart, received from a cadaveric donation that took place at Fortis’ S.L Raheja Hospital, Mahim, was transported in 17mins covering a distance of 23kms. The transplant surgery was conducted by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and his team marking the 40th heart transplant of the city. The recipient from Mumbai was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and had been wait listed since the past week.
The cadaveric donation became possible when a 44-year-old male was declared brain dead following a Cerebro-Vascular Stroke at Fortis S. L. Raheja Hospital. After the family of the patient was counselled, they decided to donate his Heart, Liver and Kidneys. Upon receiving the consent, Dr Anvay Mulay rushed to Mahim to harvest the heart, which began its journey from Fortis’ S.L Raheja Hospital, Mahim, at 03.16AM and reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 03.33AM.
Speaking at the juncture of Mumbai’s record number of heart transplants, Dr Anvay Mulay said, “The donor family’s contribution to the society is unmatched. They’ve been courageous for having taken a decision to save lives at the time of grief and personal loss.” About the patient he said, “The surgery has been concluded and the recipient is now stable. We will continue to monitor him in the ICU for the next 48 to 72 hours.”
Talking about the surgery, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “We are honoured and proud to be driving a mind shift, to help the community recognize the power of Organ Donation that has saved many lives today. We extend our humble appreciation to the donor family and to the teams of Transplant Coordinators, Physicians and Surgeons who toiled tireless to save four precious lives.”
Swift coordination between Mumbai’s Traffic and Police Authorities helped enable smooth organ transfer across all city hospitals. The live heart reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund following the Green Corridor route laid out from Fortis’ S. L Raheja Hospital – T Junction at Dharavi – BKC – Eastern Express Highway – Airoli Junction – Mulund.