Doctors at the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant, Hyderabad, were able to successfully transplant a heart to a 51-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh and a pair of lungs to a 59-year-old man from Delhi.
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As the year 2020 ebbs, a team of doctors in Hyderabad has given a new lease of life and ray of hope to two critically ill patients who required urgent organ transplants.
Doctors at the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant, KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad, were able to successfully transplant a heart to a 51-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh and a pair of lungs to a 59-year-old man from Delhi.
The unique aspect of these surgeries, the doctors said, was that both patients received organs that were harvested from the same donor – a brain dead patient from Hyderabad.
These surgeries were carried out by Dr Sandeep Attawar and his team on December 24.
“The biggest challenge before us was to transplant harvested organs in two different recipients within 6-8 hours. However, the good part was that the donor and recipients were in same hospital. This helped us cut down travel time to zero,” said Dr Sandeep Attawar, Program Director and Chair, Institute of Heart & Lung Transplantation.
The 59-year-old patient from Delhi required lung transplant after he developed severe lung fibrosis due to Covid-19 infection and was on ECMO support for the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, the woman from Andhra Pradesh who required heart transplant had developed severe heart dysfunction post-myocardial infarction.
Doctors said both the surgeries were successful and the recipients are stable. They are currently recovering in the ICU.
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