Next time a Baby Noor of Pakistan needs an advanced heart surgery, she might pick Ahmedabad instead of Bangalore. The famed Narayana Hrudayalaya that attracts heart patients from all over the country and world to Karnataka’s capital plans to set up a 5,000-bed hospital in the heart of Ahmedabad. Narayana Hrudayalaya’s ‘Health City’ will come up on a 37-acre campus at the site of Monogram Mills, a closed mill in Bapunagar. The building is planned as Asia’s longest, running into half a kilometre. “We have acquired the land and Hrudayalaya has submitted building plan to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), which should be passed in 15-20 days. We expect the construction to start immediately,” Dr Devi Shetty, star cardiac surgeon of Narayana Hrudayalaya said. The Health City will first begin with a 1,000-bed heart hospital, which is the forte of Narayana Hrudayalaya. The hospital, targeted to be commissioned by June 2010, will bring cutting edge heart surgeries like paediatric heart operations and heart transplant to Gujarat. “We have successfully done five artificial heart transplants for patients who have survived for a year now. In US, patients with artificial hearts have survived for over five years. These results are very promising and hold out great hope for heart failure patients,” said Dr Shetty. Dr Shetty said while heart treatment will remain the focus area of the health city in the first phase, state-of-art cancer, kidney, neuro-surgery and women and child welfare hospitals, which will have 1,000 beds each, will be constructed in the next phases. “Gujarat has great potential and needs thousands of more beds in hospitals to cater to the health care needs of people,” said Dr Shetty. He added that the hospital will also set up nursing college and para-medical training centres to raise skilled manpower for the mega hospital. “Gujarat has good doctors who will be roped in. The remaining would be called from south India and other parts to give the best treatment to people,” said Dr Shetty.