Last weekend, when a 40-year old man in Chandigarh died of severe brain injury, his wife consented to donate his organs to help others in need. To much of the surprise, his organs including heart and lungs travelled 1660 km from a Chandigarh to Mumbai for saving lives of two patients who were suffering from organ failure. The organs were transported via aircraft covering the long distance between the two cities in just two hours and thirty minutes. National Organ and Tissue Transplant Coordination (NOTTO) helped the donor and the recipients to coordinate.
About the donor of heart and lungs from Chandigarh
The donor was a local from Chandigarh who had a severe brain injury and was declared brought dead by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The doctors then asked the family of the deceased to donate his organs who are in their end stages of organ failure and can be saved if they agree. It was then the wife of the deceased agreed with the doctors and the organs were transported from Chandigarh to Mumbai.
Recipients of the organs donated by a Chandigarh- based man
The organs which were donated by a Chandigarh- based man, were transplanted into two different patients in Mumbai. The lungs were transplanted to a 55-year-old woman, hailing from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, who was suffering from Interstitial Lung Disease, a condition of lung failure. She was on ECMO support. Her case was in the category of ‘supra- urgent’ and was on the waiting list at the hospital since last two weeks.
However, the heart from the donor of Chandigarh was transplanted into a 46-year old man from Mumbai with a heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy. His case was also in the category of ‘supra- urgent’ and was on the waiting list since last 37 days. Both the transplants took place at the Fortis Hospitals, Mulund, Mumbai
The successful transplant of the organs
The health condition of the recipients was deteriorating before the transplant was performed but now they are recovering and their families are indebted to the donor and the doctors of the hospital. The transplant was also an achievement for the doctors as well as the hospital as they went off successful. It was the 4th lung transplant and 51st heart transplant performed in Mumbai.
Well, that’s the story of being human where a dead man helped others fighting death due to their chronic ailments by donating his lungs and heart. We also salute to the family of the deceased from Chandigarh who took such a decision and made the organs travel 1660 km from Chandigarh and Mumbai just to save lives of the others.