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Heart in the Ice Box was successfully transplanted into 55 year old man

On 12th January, 2017 a 17 year old PUC student riding on his bike skidded and fell near J P Nagar. He was immediately taken to a local hospital and then shifted to Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road for treatment. Doctors declared him brain dead on 19th January and the family consented for Organ donation. His Kidneys, Liver, Cornea and Heart was taken for donation to patients registered with ZCCK.
The team of doctors from Narayana Health City was at Fortis to retrieve the heart; a 56 year old self employed man, a resident of Domlur was the recipient. His was a case of Heart Failure. He had a heart attack 14 years back and then a second attack in 2013. He was being treated at a well-known private hospital in Bangalore. Angioplasty was done at that hospital in 2013, but that didn’t show any improvement. His heart function was progressively reducing and doctors treating him declared that Heart Transplant was the only hope for his survival. He was referred to Narayana Health City and consulted Dr. Bagirath Raghuraman, Senior Consultant Transplant Cardiologist. Dr. Bagirath said that when the patient was brought to Narayana Health City about a year back, his heart function was only 15%. He registered with ZCCK nine months back and was on the waiting list for a heart. He had 15 admissions in 9 months at Narayana Health City. However, on Thursday, 19th January, when he was admitted again to Narayana Health City, it was to receive the heart of a 17 year old boy. The heart was retrieved from the donor’s body at around 10 pm by Dr. Ravi Shankar Shetty, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and his team.
The heart in the Ice Box was taken into the Ambulance waiting outside led by the Police team clearing the way for the Green Corridor from Fortis to Narayana Health City. A distance of 25 kms was covered in 19 minutes and the recipient was wheeled into the OT. Surgery began at around 11:30 pm led by Dr. Julius Punnen, Consultant Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon and his team. At 4:15 am Dr. Julius messaged to the NH team on the Whatsapp group, “Thanks everyone! Just completed the operation and everything went well with the grace of God. The patient is fine”. Congratulatory messages started pouring in to the team of doctors comprising Dr. Julius Punnen, Dr. Ravi Shankar Shetty, Dr. Bagirath Raghuraman and Dr. Varun Shetty with a host of back-end team that tirelessly worked round the clock and  helped in successfully completing the 29th heart transplant at Narayana Health City.

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