Heart is a lonely hunter, finds destination

Heart is a lonely hunter, finds destination

February 23, 2022 By The Connect

MGM Healthcare transplants the heart of a brain dead man in a Kashmiri woman giving her a new lease of life,

CHENNAI, Feb 23 (The CONNECT) – The Heart from an 18-year-old brain dead donor was transported over 350 kilometres to Chennai from Trichy to provided a fresh lease of life to a 33-year-old Kashmiri woman suffering from terminal heart failure, who travelled 3000 kilometres for her treatment at MGM Healthcare.

Shahzadi Fathima, from Srinagar, had worsening heart failure symptoms due to Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM), a condition where the chambers of the heart become stiff over time.

She became terminally Ill and her only hope of survival was an early heart transplantation. With her condition worsening, on December 31, 2021, she was admitted with sign of severe heart failure. Doctors at MGM Healthcare soon treated her with isotropes and other medications. On January 26, 2022, a suitable brain-dead donor was identified in a private hospital in Trichy. The heart was soon rushed to Chennai through a green corridor and a high-risk heart transplantation was carried out on Fatima. She made an uneventful recovery after the procedure and is ready to begin a new life in Kashmir.

Fatima an unmarried woman from Kashmir lives with her brother, a daily wage earner who was not able to meet her medical expenses and the cost of the transplant. Seeing the plight of this woman, Aishwarya Trust, a non- profit healthcare organisation that decided to support the entire cost of the transplant at MGM Healthcare. Chitra Viswanathan, the founder of Aishwarya Trust said it was a meaningful way for Aishwarya Trust to celebrate Republic Day by funding the lady’s heart transplant on 26th January 2022.” For its part, MGM Healthcare carried out the transplant at a subsidised cost.

Dr K R Balakrishnan, Director - Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support of MGM Healthcare, who led the surgery lauded the efforts of the victim’s family in generously agreeing for organ donation in the face of great personal tragedy. Transtan which oversees the organ donation activity in the state coordinated the mission.

Such life-saving transplants need coordination and support from several people and is a true team effort said Dr Suresh Rao, Co-Director, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Dr. Ravikumar R, Sr. Consultant & Clinical Lead -Cardiology & Heart Failure Program, MGM Healthcare said “Heart failure is an under-recognised problem in India. The quality of life and longevity of end stage heart failure patients who are not responding to conventional therapy can be improved by advanced procedures like heart transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD).

Born out of a need for altruism, MGM Healthcare is dedicated to bettering patient experiences and improving clinical outcomes through expertise, passion and technology. The manifestation of this dedication is a state-of-the-art hospital on Nelson Manickam Road having 400 beds, 50 outpatient consultation rooms, over 100 critical care beds, 250 + doctors, 30+ clinical departments, 12 state-of-the-art operating theatres and 24x7 comprehensive Emergency Care. Here, a host of eminent surgeons and physicians wield a potent combination of skill and cutting-edge technology to elevate care and outcomes to new levels. MGM Healthcare is currently Asia’s highest-rated USGBC LEED Platinum-certified Green Hospital.

Over the past year, the team of clinical experts at MGM Healthcare have performed many innovative and complex surgeries in the pursuit of establishing trust and clinical excellence. MGM Healthcare is designed and equipped with the latest in technology and equipment and is poised to drive patient centricity and clinical excellence of both the domestic and international patients.