Chennai, 5thSeptember 2017: A team of doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai performed a heart transplant to save a 60 year old lady from Ludhiana. The organ was made available when the donor was declared brain dead at a local hospital in Coimbatore earlier in the day. The heart was transferred via a chartered flight to reach Chennai airport at 06:15 PM. The team of doctors was led by Dr K R Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai.
The recipient was suffering from Cardiomyopathy and was put on waitlist since 10 days. It is a condition in which the heart muscles become enlarged and pumping blood through the body gets difficult. A potential organ alert was received by Fortis Malar and a team of doctors immediately left for Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital (KMCH) in Coimbatore. The 52 year old donor was brought into the hospital after a fatal road accident and was declared brain dead by an expert committee from TRANSTAN. An informed counseling session was held for kin of the deceased and it was decided to donate his organs. The organ was harvested and was swiftly transported via a chartered aircraft to Chennai. A green corridor was then created from Chennai airport to Fortis Malar Hospital that covered a distance of 14.6kms in 17 minutes.
Speaking about the surgery, Dr K R Balakrishnan said, “The recipient has responded well to the treatment and is under constant observation. The next 48 hours will be critical for speedy recovery of the patient.” Echoing his support for the cause of organ donation, Dr Balakrishnan further added, “It is indeed a great moment when someone gives a gift of life at the end of his own life journey. Organ donation is a cause which is noble and it enriches quality of lives of the recipients.”
About Fortis Healthcare Limited: Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 10,000 potential beds and 368 diagnostic centres.
About Fortis Malar Hospital : Fortis Malar Hospital was acquired by Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited in early 2008. The hospital founded in 1992, is established as one of the largest corporate hospitals in Chennai providing quality super specialty and multi-specialty healthcare services. Fortis Malar Hospitals, with 180 beds, focuses on providing comprehensive medical care in the areas of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Diabetics, Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Fortis Malar Hospital has a state of the art Cath Lab and multiple dedicated cardiac operation theatres and intensive coronary care units. Several rare and complex Adult and Paediatric Cardiac surgeries, Orthopedic and Joint replacements, Neurosurgeries and Plastic reconstruction surgeries have been performed at this hospital. The hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology services are among the busiest in the city, successfully performing many complicated deliveries and surgeries. They are supported by a dedicated Neonatology unit.
Heart transported from Coimbatore for Transplant at Fortis Malar in Chennai saves woman from Ludhiana Press Release