A heart transplant surgery was performed in Chennai’s Fortis Malar Hospital to save the life of a two-year-old boy from Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. The donor was also a two-year-old toddler from Mumbai, who suffered brain damage on February 10.
The receiver had been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy with severe LV dysfunction, and the condition didn’t improve despite intensive care.
The parents of the donor decided to donate his organs upon being informed about the son’s brain damage, and the decision helped to save six lives, of which, four were children. A team of doctors left for Mumbai to retrieve the heart. Dr. KR Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Malar Hospital, and Dr. Suresh Rao KG, Head of Department, Critical Care, and Cardiac Anaesthesia led the team of doctors who performed the surgery. The surgery was complex as the recipient was a two-year-old baby, being able to successfully perform the operation is no less than setting a milestone in the treatment of pediatric cardiac patients.