Chandigarh, March 21
The PGI performed its seventh heart transplant after a 19-year-old donor from Karnal died in critical condition after sustaining a serious head injury.
The donor, Yogesh Kumar, a villager in Haryana’s Karnal district, gave new life to four people through heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. The recovered corneas will restore sight to two other patients after the transplant.
Prof Harkant Singh Baryah, Department of CTVS, PGI, who together with Prof Shyam KS Thingnam led the surgery said: “Heart transplant surgery has its challenges – the surgery is complex and technically demanding and secondly it there are not too many usable hearts. Even the recipients must be selected very carefully for these procedures. In this case, we were lucky that the donor heart was in very good condition. It is thanks to the tireless efforts of the CTVS team, led by Prof. Thingnam, that the operation went smoothly and the recipient is doing well.
Yogesh Kumar’s long struggle between life and death came to a halt when he was declared brain dead on March 19. Following family consent, heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and corneas were retrieved from the donor for transplantation to IGP-matched recipients.
Professor Surjit Singh, Director of PGI, said: “Despite cadaver donor organ transplants multiplying at a steady rate in different pockets of the country, heart transplants are still rare due to their complexity.”
Professor Vipin Koushal, Medical Superintendent and Head of Department of Hospital Administration, PGI, said: “An interaction with end-stage organ failure patients will be enough to reveal how painful their lives are and how even the daily tasks are a test for them. . We all need to come forward to save precious lives by pledging to donate organs and offer a beacon of hope to the growing number of recipients on the waiting list.
The donor heart was in good condition
… We were lucky that the donor heart was in very good condition. It is thanks to the tireless efforts of the CTVS team that the operation went well and that the recipient is doing well. — Prof HS Baryah, Department of CTVS, PGI
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