Doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) have taken a step further in organ transplant. A 15-year-old boy from Haryana was given a lease of life by transplanting heart at the Advance Cardiac Centre of the institute, a few weeks ago.
The PGI has already been conducting kidney and liver transplants.
The surgery was performed by a team of cardio vascular and thoracic surgeons led by Professor T Shyam K Singh and Dr Harkant after a patient died of brain tumour and his relatives agreed to donate the heart for saving the life of the youth from Haryana. The patient was recovering fast and ready to be discharged anytime, said doctors.
Sources said the patient was suffering from enlarged heart and had finding difficulty in breathing. Doctors had advised him to undergo heart transplant, but in the absence of any donor there was no certainty as to when the surgery would be conducted. Moreover, the family did not have the required money to support surgical expenses. As soon as the PGI doctors got a donor, they contacted a social organisation to help the family in meeting the transplant expenses said sources.
This was however, the second time when a heart transplant surgery was conducted at the PGI. Two years ago in 2013
A 53-year-old patient from Ambala district suffering from left ventricular failure got a new heart. Unfortunately, the patient did not survive long and died five months after the transplant.