Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, today conducted state’s 15th heart transplant surgery, on a 62 yr old male recipient from Navi Mumbai; waitlisted for over a month as he suffered from Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Conducted within 48 hrs of the previous transplant, the transplant became possible when a 50 yr old female patient was declared brain dead at MGM Hospital, Vashi, following a collapse at home that caused Subdural Acute Hemorrhage. The transportation of the donor heart between Vashi and Mulund was done in 16 mins, covering 18 kms.
The patient was admitted at Fortis Hospital, Vashi, where she was declared brain dead. Upon the kin showing intent to donate organs, ZTCC was informed and the patient was shifted to MGM Hospital, Vashi, an organ retrieval center, where the Heart and Liver was harvested. The transplant coordination process began the night before as the consent was taken from the kin, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, retrieved the heart from the donor. The Police and Traffic immediately swung into action, laying out the Green Corridor for quick transfer of the preserved heart. The heart was moved out of MGM Hospital, Vashi at 00.20 AM, following the pre-decided route from Thane – Belapur Road – Airoli Junction to reach Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 00.36 AM. Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, conducted the transplant surgery on the recipient. He was subsequently moved to the ICU.
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