Maharashtra's first heart and liver transplant takes on a single recipient

40-year-old brain-dead patient from Mulund gave a lease of life not to one but five people by donating her vital organs after succumbing to brain stroke


A 40-year-old housewife from Mulund provided a lease of life not to one but five people by donating her vital organs after succumbing to a brain stroke.

The donor was rushed to a local nursing home after she collapsed at her house in Mulund and later she moved to Fortis Hospital. There, she was diagnosed with Brain Stem Infarction with Basilar Artery Thrombosis (Brain Stroke) and was declared brain dead.

Present medical social workers at the hospital counseled the distraught family and explained the procedure of organ donation to her husband and family members who then consented to donate her heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Heart and liver were given to a single recipient who was a 24-year-old Silvassa resident, lungs were sent to Apollo Chennai, Kidney (1) was sent to Jaslok Hospital and Kidney (2) was sent to INS Ashwini, Colaba.

This was Maharashtra's first heart & liver transplant on a single recipient, conducted at Fortis Hospital, Mulund which gave a life to 24-year-old Silvassa resident.

The heart was retrieved by Dr. Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and the liver by Dr. Rakesh Rai, Senior Consultant, Hepato-pancreatic-biliary and Transplant Surgery at the hospital.

The 24-year-old recipient was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and cirrhosis of the Liver; he was on the waiting list since August 2017 at the hospital. He could not continue his studies due to his increasing discomfort.

Steadfast support provided by ZTCC Mumbai and our clinicians & Medical Social Workers enabled this landmark surgery. We would like to pay our utmost respect to the donor family who has shown tremendous grit even during their time of grief; their noble deed has saved five deserving lives,” Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.

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