Mumbai's Ambani Hospital executes the 1st successful heart transplant amid Covid 19 pandemic

Infection control protocols were taken to prevent contraction of Coronavirus in immuno compromised patient

The Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) announced a successful heart transplant on a 53 year woman from Nanded with a severe heart failure. This is the first successful heart transplant by the hospital during this raging Covid-19 pandemic.

The onset of multiple lockdowns in the city to arrest the spread of coronavirus infection resulted in a drop dead decline in the number of organ donations, diminishing the chances of getting a new heart for the woman who was in a dire need one for the last 8 months. However, defeating all health and movement restrictions and challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a donor heart became available on July 18. Led by Dr Nandkishore Kapadia, a team of surgeons, doctors and staff at KDAH performed the transplant on the woman.

"The patient had earlier undergone an open heart valve replacement surgery in 2009. In 2012, her condition started to worsen and last year she was diagnosed with irreversible damage to her heart, which ultimately led to failure. She was bedridden for the past six months," said Dr Kapadia, Director of the Heart & Lung Transplant Centre at KDAH.

The patient was on blood thinners (pain killers) due to the valve replacement surgery in 2009 and the massive bleeding during the surgery made the entire procedure complex. Additional care had to be necessitated in view of the current Covid situation, as such patients are immuno compromised and are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. All necessary tests were conducted within the requisite parameters that led to the successful transplant, Dr. N Kapadia further elaborated. The CEO and Executive Director of the hospital, Santosh Shetty updated on the patients steady recovery. He was proud to have performed the city's first mid-pandemic heart transplant successfully, following all infection control protocols.

Knock Knock

Though the doctors and the donor had a major role to play here in saving a life, the contribution of the Mumbai Traffic Police has restored faith in humanity. Mumbai Traffic Police and other authorities helped in creating a 'green corridor' with zero traffic to ensure quick and safe transport of the harvested heart to the hospital.

-with inputs from IANS

From Your Site Articles

Hotels & restaurants to reopen by the first week of October in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts!

Establishments are permitted to function at 50% of their potential following the norms of social distancing

The Maharashtra Cabinet has permitted around 4 lakh hotels, bars, restaurants and eateries in the state, majorly set in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to resume functions at 50% of their capacity starting October. The decision is likely to affect around 60 lakh direct employees and 1.8 crore indirect employees involved in the hospitality sector, which has faced a major brunt of the almost 7-month long nationwide coronavirus lockdown and the consequent phased unlocking process.

Keep reading... Show less

In a first, Western Railway employees in Mumbai & its surrounding areas to work in 2 shifts

WR has already established 2 new offices at Mumbai's Virar and Santacruz area.

Although we're being advised to maintain a distance of 6 feet, Mumbai's crammed public transport paints a different picture. Keeping that in consideration, the Western Railways on Monday, became the first-ever government organization to administer staggered office timings. As per reports, 22,000 railway employees will be working in two shifts- from 8 AM and 2 PM. The authorities are also planning on opening up 2 new offices in a week's time to solve transport issues faced by the staff. This will help in preventing overcrowding problems in its two existing offices at Churchgate and Bombay Central.

Keep reading... Show less

Covid-19 update: Mumbai records highest infection tally in a month!

About 1/3rd of the total Mumbai caseload can be traced to 5 city wards.

The month of September has accounted for the maximum number of cases reported in Mumbai. The city case tally has surged by 53,041 cases since the beginning of September and is expected to clock over the total of 2 lakh infections by the end of the month, with its current count of 1,98,846 COVID cases. Around 1/3rd of the active caseload of 1,62,939 infections have been found in 5 ward belt in North Mumbai from Andheri to Borivali.

Keep reading... Show less

The Health Department of Maharashtra, issued a notification on Thursday that bans the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis in the state. This ban has come in the view that loose cigarettes do not inform the smoker of the consumption and health warning which are otherwise present on cigarette packets.

This notice of public interest has been issued under subsection (2) of section 7 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and commerce Production, supply and Distribution).

Keep reading... Show less

Mumbai's KEM Hospital to start human trial of Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine had previously been halted for a while.

KEM Hospital in Mumbai's Parel area, which is a government-run facility, will start off with the human trials of Oxford University's Covishield vaccine on Saturday. This will be a first, in the city and the vaccine will be doled out to 3 people for a start, as mentioned by the KEM Dean. The minimum age for volunteers is set at 18 and these volunteers should be healthy adults with no co-morbidities and they must not have contracted COVID-19 before. There is no upper age limit.

Keep reading... Show less

Subscribe to our newsletter


Most Read