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Heart Transplant to save Kolkata

News Desk, News Nation 360: A team of doctors at Fortis Hospital, Anandapur successfully performed a heart transplant surgery on 29 May 2019. The donor's heart was transplanted onto a 44-year-old woman from Dum Dum Cantonment in Kolkata, giving her a new lease of life. The heart transplant was the only way to save the life of the person as she was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) of West Bengal put the case on priority for an early transplant as the patient’s health was deteriorating. The donor's heart was made available after a 16-year-old man was declared brain dead at a Global Hospital in Mumbai. Once the family consented to donate his organs, a team of doctors led by Dr Ashima Bhelotkar retrieved the live heart at 06:30 PM on 28th May 2019. A green corridor was created from the hospital to the airport to transport the live heart. The flight took off at 8:05 PM from Mumbai. As soon as the flight landed in Kolkata at 10:17 PM, the live heart was taken through a Green Corridor created by ROTTO, and Kolkata Police to the Fortis Hospital in Anandapur. The distance of 18 Kms from airport to hospital was covered in record 16 minutes. The patient was already induced in Operation Theatre and the doctors immediately started the heart transplant surgery. The team of doctors who performed this surgery included Dr Tapas Raychaudhury, Director, Cardio-Thoracic & Vascular Surgery and Dr K M Mandana, Director, Cardio-Thoracic & Vascular Surgery along withDr SaikatBandopadhyay, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Anesthesiologist & Intensivist& Dr Sanjay Singh, HOD, Anesthesia from Fortis Hospital, Anandpur. The heart was successfully implanted at 12.30 AM & the entire procedure was completed by 3 AM. The patient is stable and remains ventilated for the next 24 hours. Speaking about the condition of the patient, Dr K M Mandana told, the patient is under constant observation for the next 24 to 48 hours. Patient condition is stable. They must keep on encouraging cadaveric organ donation awareness which can go a long way to improve quality of life for many terminally ill patients. They extend their heartfelt gratitude to the family of the donor who took this decision to donate the heart of their loved one so that another one can live. According to Dr Tapas Raychaudhury, The team at Fortis Hospital, Anandapur is happy to perform yet another heart transplantation to save the life of a Kolkata resident. They now have a robust Heart Transplant Programme in Kolkata. They benefitted from the expertise in heart transplantation acquired by Fortis group over the past decade. There is a need to create awareness among the doctors & intensivist to promptly declare the patients with brain death. Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur Samir Singh, told, They are happy that Fortis Hospital, Anandapur performed another Heart Transplant. They extend their humble appreciation to all the stakeholders whom tirelessly made efforts to save this precious life.

Report : Anustup Kundu