IGIMS director Dr Ashutosh Vishvas said on Tuesday: “Everything is now ready to begin heart transplantation, a surgical procedure to remove the heart from a brain-dead patient and transplant it into a another patient, with end-stage heart failure within a limited time frame. All necessary arrangements are being finalized by experts from the relevant departments. Although liver and bone marrow transplants are also planned at IGIMS, the institute’s priority is to initiate heart transplantation first.”Operating rooms (OT), intensive care units and all other facilities have been developed for this purpose,” the director said. , adding that it would be of great help to the people of Bihar who have to travel earlier to other states for heart transplant surgery.
Chief of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS), Dr Sheil Awanish, said the heart transplant registration process will start from June and all will be screened based on certain criteria such as age, size and function of other vital organs like lungs and kidneys to decide medical eligibility for transplant.
“Only the heart of the brain-dead patient is recovered for transplant and it must be transplanted to the eligible recipient within three hours. A well-equipped cardio transplant cabin is ready for this,” he said.