A PGIMER patient’s heart was extracted and transplanted into a man in Chennai

A heart extracted from a 45-year-old patient at PGIMER here was transplanted to a terminally ill patient in Chennai, doctors said on Friday.

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A PGIMER patient heart was extracted and transplanted into a man in Chennai

A heart extracted from a 45-year-old patient at PGIMER here was transplanted to a terminally ill patient in Chennai, doctors said on Friday.

They said the donor’s harvested liver, kidneys, and corneas were transplanted into five patients at the prestigious Chandigarh-based health centre.

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The harvested heart was transported in 22 minutes from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to the Chandigarh airport via a ‘green corridor,’ and then to Chennai on a plane that took off at 3.25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the researchers.

The retrieved heart was brought to MGM Healthcare Hospital after landing in Chennai at 8.30 p.m., where it was transplanted to a terminally ill 52-year-old male patient, according to a statement issued by PGIMER on Friday.

In transplantation, timing is everything. The fact that the heart was extracted and sent in such a short period of time, despite the matching recipient being 2,500 kilometres distant, is noteworthy, according to PGIMER director Surjeet Singh.

Singh thanked the donor family, saying, “We remain appreciative to the donor family for agreeing to save and enrich others’ lives in their hour of unimaginable loss, influencing six lives tangibly and sparking hope in many more ‘in-waiting’ recipients intangibly.”

On December 4, a 45-year-old man was involved in a car accident that resulted in severe brain injuries. He was taken to PGIMER, where he was declared brain dead three days later, according to hospital officials.

When counseled by the transplant coordinator at PGIMER, the family demonstrated great courage and magnanimity in the face of their bereavement and consented to organ donation of their departed relative. Following the family’s approval, the donor’s heart, liver, kidneys, and corneas were removed for transplantation to save other people’s lives.

“Because there was no matching recipient for the heart here, it was given to a matching recipient at MGM Healthcare Hospital in Chennai with the participation of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO),” according to the PGIMER statement.

As per hospital officials, in July, the family of a 13-year-old girl who suffered from cerebral edema and was later confirmed brain dead donated her organs to four patients suffering from end-stage organ failure in Chandigarh and Mumbai.

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