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


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