In yet another milestone achievement, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), India’s leading cardiac care facility, under the guidance of Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute conducted a heart transplant surgery on a 16 year old boy, giving him a new lease of life.
The recipient, a 16 year old boy was suffering from a condition called Idiopathic Dilated Cardio Myopathy, an end stage heart disease with a poor heart function, and an Ejection Fraction of 15%. He had been consulting FEHI for treatment of this disease and was advised heart transplantation when he came to the hospital two months ago with symptoms of severe breathlessness.
The donor of the heart was a 30 year old IT professional. He suddenly collapsed in the washroom, at a surprise party planned by his colleagues at his workplace in Gurgaon on December 30, to celebrate his mid-term promotion. He had suffered intra-cranial bleeding and was rushed to a local hospital. When he could not be revived, he was moved to Fortis Medical Research Institute (FMRI). Despite the best efforts of the team of doctors at FMRI, he was declared brain dead on January 3, at 8:48 am. The family, based in Hyderabad took a noble decision to donate the organs and saved six valuable lives.
Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, said, ”There are approximately 46 lakh patients who suffer from heart failure in India and 10% of these die every year. This first heart transplant at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute represents a landmark event due to the noble act of organ donation by the young man’s parents and the creation of a traffic-less ‘corridor of life’ by the police, through which the heart was speedily transported, from FMRI, Gurgaon to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, in South Delhi.
Dr. Avnish Seth, Director Fortis Organ Retrieval and Transplant (FORT) said, “In our country, the majority of organ transplants are carried out with living donors. This limits donation to one kidney or a part of the liver. Transplantation of the heart, lungs, pancreas and small intestine is possible only with donation following brain death. A robust deceased organ transplant program could give a new lease of life to millions of patients with advanced degrees of organ failure. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Gurgaon and Delhi Police force who have partnered us in taking this operation seamlessly to victory. We hope that we can make the Delhi-NCR ‘Corridor of Life’ a routine process that can save several thousand lives.”
To enable an uninterrupted passage for the heart, a Green Corridor was created to cover the 32 kilometers stretch between Fortis Medical Research Institute and Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. This was the first ever Green Corridor created in Delhi, NCR, through the seamless collaboration between hospitals in the city, and the Gurgaon and Delhi Police. The convoy of ambulances covered the distance in 29 minutes and travelled at a speed of over 100 kmph. A police escort vehicle was deployed to clear the route and ensure seamless travel on both sides of the geographical divide.