28-yr-old gets new lease of life after heart surgery

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Sahyadri Hospital’s cardiac team performs central India’s first heart transplant

Pune: Sahyadri Hospital’s cardiac team performed the first heart transplant of central India in Nagpur recently, giving a new lease of life to a 28-year-old man.

The most crucial aspect of this heart transplant involved the long distance transfer of the heart from Pune to Nagpur, which was followed by the surgery. This was made possible by the expertise and team effort of doctors from Sahyadri hospital, Pune, including Dr Manoj Durairaj, Programme Director, Department of Heart Transplant, Dr Shantanu Shastri, Transplant Anaesthetist, Prashant Dhumal, Perfusionist and Mukesh Adheli.

Speaking about the surgery, Dr Manoj Durairaj, Heart Transplant Surgeon, said that the team received a call from Dr Anant Sancheti from New Era Hospital in Nagpur. Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) had informed him about a donor from KEM hospital, Pune.

“He requested Sahyadri hospital to harvest the heart and bring it to Nagpur. We started the donor operation at around 7:20 am and by 10-10:30 am, we left KEM Hospital with the heart and took off on a commercial flight at 11 am from Pune airport. We reached Nagpur at around 12:30 pm and there, through the green corridor, reached the New Era Hospital in just seven minutes. By 2:30 pm, we were done with the transplant. This was the first heart transplant surgery in central India, which was performed by our team,” said Dr Durairaj.

Speaking about the challenges faced during the surgery, Dr Durairaj said that the crucial thing about this surgery was the long distance transfer of the heart.

“The heart was to be in the box for a longer period of time. We also took a commercial flight and hence the coordination had to be perfect,” noted Dr Durairaj.

Dr Ketan Apte, Unit Head at Sahyadri Hospital, said that such long distance transfer surgeries, in this case involving a travel of 700 km, needs perfect time management, an expert team of doctors and availability of all facilities.

“Understanding this, the team work that can be seen in this particular heart transplant is not just of pride for Sahyadri hospital but for the entire State. The success of this heart transplant goes to ZTCC’s Arti Gokhale, the work done by social workers at KEM Hospital, the administration effort at New Era Hospital, the green corridor implemented by the traffic police and the team of doctors at Sahyadri hospital,” said Dr Apte.

Speaking about the transplant, Arti Gokhale from ZTCC Pune said that for organ donation, local authorities and traffic police plays a very vital role.

There are a lot of families, who are now willing to donate vital organs due to more awareness, which can save a lot lives and help a lot of families, said Gokhale.

Challenges faced and won
- The most crucial aspect of this heart transplant involved the long distance transfer of the heart from Pune to Nagpur, which was followed by the surgery.
- Speaking about the challenges faced during the surgery, Dr Durairaj said the crucial thing was the long distance transfer of the heart.

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