Heart transplant

Heart transplant breathes new life into 22-year-old

Manipal Hospitals, Yeshwanthpur performed heart transplant on a 22-year-old boy from West Bengal, who was suffering from advanced heart failure. The patient, Meghana, had suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy for four years and was not responding well to medical management.

An MRI showed his heart function was at just 10% and most of the muscles were fibrotic (damaged), leaving no chance of recovery. After understanding her critical condition and gaining consent from her family members, Senior Interventional Cardiology Consultant Dr. Karthik Vasudevan and his team members successfully performed a heart transplant, breathing new life into the patient.

Dr Karthik Vasudevan, Senior Interventional Cardiology Consultant, Manipal Hospitals, Yeshwanthpur said: “The patient was admitted in critical condition. She had two admissions in two months. She couldn’t even tolerate heart failure medication because her blood pressure was low. . She was unable to eat properly and suffered from kidney dysfunction.”

Looking at his serious condition, the team of doctors entered his name in Jeevasarthakathe (now SOTTO – a government body that lists the availability of organs and promotes organ donation), requesting an immediate need for a heart for transplant. Shortly after registering, the hospital received an alert about the availability of a cadaver heart donor.

Dr. Mohammed Rehan Sayeed, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Consultant, Manipal Hospital Yeshwanthpur, said, “A heart transplant is considered the most sensitive surgery, which must be performed with high precision and accuracy. It is essential to be careful from the beginning, that is to say from the moment the heart is removed from the donor until the moment it is placed in the seriously ill patient. After surgery, it is essential to monitor the patient’s vital signs to rule out the possibility of infection. Doctors recommend follow-up care for the next six months to a year to rule out any possibility of infection or heart transplant rejection.

The operation was successfully completed within three hours and the patient was removed from the ventilator within 24 hours.