Fortis India Performs Life-saving Heart Transplant on a 40 Year Old Pakistani National
CHENNAI, India, August 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
~40 year old Pakistani national undergoes heart transplant in India~
A team of cardiac experts at the Heart Failure centre at Fortis Malar, Chennai, India,
led by Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director Cardiac Sciences, performed a life-saving complex
heart transplant on a Pakistani national; the donor was an Indian national.
40 year old Moulana Mohammed Zubair Ashmi, resident of Tehsil Kharian, District
Gujarat, Pakistan, was suffering from a condition called “Dilated Cardiomyopathy”, where
the functioning of both ventricles of the heart is severely depressed. Doctors diagnosed
him with heart failure and advised that a heart transplant be performed.
“When his condition became precarious, he was airlifted from a leading heart hospital
in Lahore, Pakistan to Chennai, India. We performed a detailed medical examination, and
realised he also had renal failure, had fluid in his lungs and abdomen and was also
hepatitis C positive. All this just made his condition extremely difficult to treat,”
explained Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Malar
Despite being on maximal drugs, his cardiac function was deteriorating, leaving the
option of either finding a donor heart urgently or fitting him with an artificial heart
implant device. His kidney was nearing ‘shut down’. Since his right ventricle was severely
dysfunctional, long-term artificial heart pump support was ruled out. After a wait of
approximately 2 months, a suitable Indian donor heart became available, even though it
belonged to a different blood group, thanks to the highly efficient organ-sharing network
system created in the State by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
“If the transplant had been delayed by even 2 days, it would have cost him his life.
Though most transplants are usually performed on people with the same blood group, in
Zubair’s case the donor’s blood group was O+ve, while his was AB+ve,” says Dr. Suresh Rao,
Chief of Cardiac Anesthesia and Critical Care.
“I am ready to live life all over again and it is all due to the kindness of my
saviour heart,” he said. Post-surgery, he is recuperating well and has left this country
with a new Indian heart.
Dr. K R Balakrishnan said, “There are close to 1.5 million patients diagnosed every
year with new onset heart failure in India, and at least a third of them will need
advanced therapy to survive.”
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