Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) conducted another heart transplant on a patient of 54 years of age ailing with heart failure for the past one year and required numerous hospital admissions and had been waiting in Delhi on the transplant list since the past two months. The 22 year old brain dead donor’s heart was brought in from Rajasthan to Delhi for the recipient hailing from Gorakhpur blurring lines between states and distances; the government hospitals and private healthcare providers when organ donation is need of the hour. The coordination between the stakeholders which ensured the heart reached its destination through airlifting the organ and the green corridor which enabled the distance to be covered in a mere 16 minutes reinforces the growing awareness about how important organ transplant is in India. The doctor’s team was spearheaded by Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman, FEHI. the transplant procedure was led by Dr. Zile Singh Meharwal, Director Cardiac Surgery, FEHI and Dr. Vishal Rastogi, Coordinator, Heart Transplant & Heart Failure Program, FEHI.
The recipient was a heart failure patient and had been under the care of Dr. Ashok Seth. He had repetitive admissions with heart failure at other hospitals and finally consulted Dr. Seth when all other doctors had given him no hope for improvement. He was admitted under Dr. Seth three months ago for approximately one month did get better after which he was put on the heart transplant list. He thereafter continued to stay in Delhi to wait for a heart of his blood group to be available and continued his medical care under Dr. Seth and his team on a weekly basis. Every day he was hoping to get receive a phone call that a heart would become available as his time of lie was ticking by.
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