A 56-year-old resident of Sangli, Maharashtra, was gifted a new life on Monday, as he successfully underwent a heart transplant surgery at Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai. The heart was harvested from a 31-year-old cadaver donor and transported without any time being lost through a green corridor specially created for the same.
The transport of the donor’s heart from Lower Parel to Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai just took 25 minutes to cover a distance of 45 kilometers. Apollo’s specialist heart transplant team led by Dr. Sanjeev Jadhav, Consultant, Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon transplanted it into the recipient at Apollo Hospitals.
The patient was suffering from ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy, which means his heart’s ability to pump blood was decreasing and as a result, the patient was moving towards a heart failure situation. The heart transplant was the only way to provide him a new lease of life.
Dr.Sanjeev Jadhav, Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai said “The patient came to us 8 months back for bypass surgery. During the investigation, it was found that his heart was functioning for only 25%. The surgery couldn’t take place then due to the COVID situation and he had to go back to his hometown, Sangli.”
“In the following months, his heart’s functioning kept dropping and finally came to a situation where he needed complete life support and inotrope, which are medicines that increase the force of the heart’s contractions. Prior to his transplant, he was admitted to multiple hospitals as he started encountering repeated heart failures. And this was a race against time,” he said.
Dr.Sanjeev expressed, “As soon, as we were notified about the donor in Mumbai, the green corridor was activated; the donor’s heart was harvested, transported, and successfully transplanted. This has also been a scientific challenge where doctors and nurses are risking their own lives and taking chances to save the patient’s life. We are happy that the heart transplant was uneventful and the patient has recovered well.”
Dr. Sanjeev was also assisted by a team of experts Dr. Shantesh Kaushik, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Sachin Sanagar, CVTS Surgeon, Dr. Kamal Singh, CVTS, Dr. Gunadhar Padhi, Intensivists, Dr. Haridas Munde, Intensivists, and Dr. Saurabh Tiwari, Intensivists.
Mr. Dadasaheb Patil, the recipient of the donor’s heart expressed his gratitude to the Apollo Hospital, the doctors, and the donor, and said, “I had recently missed an opportunity for a transplant from a possible donor from Pune. For me, it was a battle against time as I had already suffered multiple episodes of heart failure. Thankfully, we found a donor and I am thankful to the Apollo Hospitals team for ensuring that the entire transplant went through smoothly. I am grateful to the donor’s family and the team of doctors for giving me this second chance at life!”
The surgery took about 90 minutes, and the patient was shifted to the ICU after completion for observation. Dedicated beds are provided for patients who have undergone heart transplantation in a well-equipped transplant ICU with all the trained nursing help who provide the best care. All protocols were also in place to prevent any risk of COVID infection.
What Is A Green Corridor?
A green corridor is basically a fixed route cleared from all traffics created for an ambulance that enables retrieved organs from a deceased donor, which is meant for transplant to reach the intended hospital rapidly without facing any traffic signals or obstructions.
Since human organs to be transplanted have a short preservation time, green corridors are specially created to ensure that the ambulance escape traffic congestions and reaches the destination in the shortest possible time.
“We are thankful to the authorities for their cooperation and support in creating the green corridor that made the transplant possible. With the rising cases of cardiovascular disease in the country, we need a robust system for prevention, early diagnosis, and management and treatment,” said, Santosh Marathe, COO & Unit Head, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai.
He added, “In a short span of three years, Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai has been recognized as one of the most advanced transplant centers in Western India with successful Liver, Kidney, and Heart & Bone Marrow Transplants being performed by a dedicated team of specialists. We have a very competent clinical team which accesses Patients through Heart Failure Clinic, which can undertake very complex preoperative & post-operative care management for such situations.”