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Donated heart from Vizag, saves a patient’s life in Chennai

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Chennai 31st March’17: A middle aged man named Nawaz (name changed) a resident of Vishakapatnam, in Telengana met with a road traffic accident on 29th March 2017, and sustained severe head injuries. He was rushed to the Pinnacle Hospital at Vizag for treatment. The patient was declared ‘brain dead’ yesterday (30-03-2017) at the Pinnacle hospital. This gave a rare opportunity for him to save the lives of other patients who were suffering from end-stage organ failure.

The family members of the brain dead patient, even at the hour of extreme grief, magnanimously came forward to donate his organs, so that others can live and he too will continue to exist in this world by giving life to them. One such patient was admitted at the Gleneagles Global Health City, here in Chennai, and was awaiting a suitable heart for transplantation.

Heart Airlifted to Chennai
The transplant co-ordination team at Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, under Dr Govini Balasubramani – Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic and Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon, rushed to Vizag early this morning to assess the suitability of the heart for transplantation. Once the cross-match of the heart was established by the expert team, the organ was retrieved and brought to the Vishakapatman Airport by an ambulance. From there, it was airlifted using a commercial airline service (Indigo Airlines) to Chennai.
The aircraft landed safely with the heart at the Chennai International airport at 4:10 pm, and was immediately rushed out of the airport to be loaded in the ambulance that was readily waiting. The Chennai City Traffic Police took over the responsibility of safely getting the heart, to the Gleneagles Global Health City at Perumbakkam. Inspite of heavy traffic, the heart reached the hospital premises within 28 minutes. Dr Sandeep Attawar – Programme Director CTVS and his team of doctors successfully implanted the donated heart in a patient who was ailing with end-stage heart failure.

Gleneagles Global Health City: The sprawling, 21-acre facility in Perumbakkam, Chennai is the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals India. With over 1000-beds and accreditations from leading agencies, the facility is one of the best for advanced healthcare in India. The hospital offers the end-to-end spectrum of advanced healthcare facilities as well as excellent facilities for research and advanced education. The hospital has undertaken several path-breaking liver, heart, lung and kidney procedures. Accredited and recognized by several international and national level accrediting agencies, it is a healthcare destination of choice for both people in India and worldwide. World-class infrastructure, dedicated staff and a commitment for medical excellence are the USPs of this Global Hospital facility. The hospital has several achievements to its credit and continues to work on several pioneering procedures.

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