Heart transplant

9-year-old child infected with COVID-19 successfully receives heart transplant at Masina Heart Institute

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], June 11 (ANI/PNN): Masina Heart Institute made history by performing a successful heart transplant on a nine-year-old girl who suffered from heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. This operation was carried out by a team of doctors, led by Dr Zainulabedin Hamdulay and Dr Vishal Pingle on May 25, 2022. A critical 5 hour operation, the young patient made a full recovery and was put off a ventilator on the day 2 The baby girl was discharged from the Masina Heart Institute on the 10th day. In this most recent case, a nine-year-old girl suffering from shortness of breath for more than a year had to be repeatedly hospitalized for breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness.

Further investigations revealed severe cardiac dysfunction with dilated cardiomyopathy suspecting post-COVID-19 infection as the primary cause, as his COVID-19 IgG and IgM antibodies tested positive. As her condition deteriorated, she was advised for a heart transplant and enrolled in the National List of Masina Heart Institute under the guidance of Dr. Zainulabedin Hamdulay. She found a matched donor after a six-month wait, from a brain-dead patient from Vadodara.

Speaking about the operation, Dr Zainulabedin Hamdulay – Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon said, “With great teamwork, the excruciating five hours of surgery, followed by post-operative care in our intensive care unit, we managed to get a positive result for this young patient. . Many children who have had heart transplants live normal, healthy lives once they recover from the surgery.” “On top of that, I want to thank the donor’s family for saving this young girl’s life. It was certainly a very humane and respectable act on their part to donate the heart of their beloved daughter, to save another life, setting an example in the chapters of time,” he added.

Dr Vishal Pingle – Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon said: “Post-COVID-19 lung infection is very well known. Clinicians should be aware of COVID-19 related myocarditis and also assess patients for these complications so that we can identify and treat heart failure in its early stages.” Masina Heart Institute is a specialized heart center at Masina Hospital that is committed to providing quality advanced cardiac care at affordable prices. The Masina Heart Institute and the Hamdulay Heart Foundation have also launched a Heart Failure Clinic which will provide free consultations to heart failure patients at Masina Hospital.

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