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Fortis Hospital, Mulund conducted a successful heart transplant surgery on a 16 year old female recipient, from Vikhroli, suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy; who received the donor heart from a 20 year old female who had suffered a head injury. The transplant channel bridged between Indore and Mumbai. Retrieved by Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, from the donor at Choitaram Hospital, Indore, the donor heart was transported to the hospital at Mumbai in 1hr 58 mins covering 546kms.

The patient was declared brain dead at MGM Medical College and Hospital Indore, the family consented for donation of Heart and Liver; the donor was then moved to Choitaram Hospital, Indore for uation and assessment.

Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, Yet another interstate transplant has saved a life, this time of a young one, the 1st patient in the PeadCard category. This transplant wouldnt have been possible without the support of ZTCC Mumbai, Airport & Traffic Authorities at both cities, IndiGo Airlines, Medical Social Workers and Medical Teams at all three hospitals and Hon. Sanjay Dubey IAS, District Commissioner, Indore who pulled off this mammoth task. Media have been instrumental in helping us drive the case. The transplant coordination link now grows from inside the hospital, reaching the community and larger stakeholders across the country. Increased awareness about the cause and sensitivity towards the rapid response required in transportation of organs will help drive a robust heart transplant programme, working with all stakeholders in clockwork like precision.

DrSujataPatwardhan, General Secretary, ZTCC Mumbai, said, We hope that this interstate transplant brings in more awareness about the issue and the number of donations and transplants in the city go up. The list of patients with end-stage organ failure in increasing and we hope that we steadily progress towards bridging the gap. This successful heart transplant surgery is a golden example of teamwork beyond boundaries.

Dr Vijay Agarwal, Head of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, This interstate transplant is indeed a breakthrough; with the channel opening up for PaedCard heart transplant surgeries, these little angels see a ray of hope. This success story will help young patients suffering from end-stage organ failure. The surgery has been successfully concluded; the patient is now stable and will be kept under observation for the next 48-72 hours.

The donor heart had reached Indore Airport at 7.24am and was immediately moved into a commercial flight which took off at 07:41 am and landed at Mumbais Domestic Airport at 08:49 am. An ambulance, which was kept on standby for swift transfer of the donor heart, left the airport at 08:51 am and reached Fortis Hospital, Mulund at 09:07 am, following the green corridor route laid out from domestic airport (Gate No. 8) to Military Road “ Santacruz Chembur Link Road – Chedda Nagar to Eastern Express Highway – Airoli Junction and finally to Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The donor heart was moved straight to the OT at 9.08aminto the waiting hands of conducting surgeon Dr Vijay Agarwal, Head of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.

This interstate transplant was made possible with support from Hon. Sanjay Dubey IAS, District Commissioner, Indore, Col. Abhay Vitekar (GVK), Abhijit Suryawanshi and Muazzam Bhaijvi (Airport Coordinators, GVK), API Vikas Keshav Tawde (Police Control Room, Mumbai), PSI Dattartray Rane (Sahar Traffic Lead, Mumbai), NGO Muskaan who helped counsel the donors family and NGO MOHAN Foundation who joined hands to coordinate the transplant.

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