A new lease of life for man from Bagalkot

Bengaluru, August 17:- A 38-year-old man from Bagalkot got a new lease of life after undergoing a heart transplant at Narayana Health City. His saviour is a 28-year-old man from Mysuru who had succumbed to a traumatic brain injury. He was admitted at BGS Apollo, Mysuru. Doctors had declared him brain-dead on Thursday (August 15) and the family consented for organ donation.

The heart was transported yesterday night from Apollo BGS Hospital, Mysuru to Narayana Health City, Bengaluru with the help of a green corridor. A distance of 170 km was covered in a span of 2 hours 15 minutes.

Hailing from Bagalkot, the recipient was suffering from the complex condition – congenitally corrected transposition of great arteries, severe biventricular dysfunction, class IV heart failure. He was on medical management at Narayana Health City for the last 9 months. As his condition could only be improved through a heart transplant, the doctors requested him to register at Jeevasarthake. Fortunately, he received a matching heart yesterday night. The transplant surgery has been successful and the patient is recovering. The patient belongs to the lower economic strata. He is a beneficiary of Health Scheme run by Government of Karnataka under Vajpayee Arogyashree (SAST). Narayan Health City is empanelled to do all solid organ transplants under this scheme. The transplant is the first heart transplant that has been performed under the Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme (SAST).

The heart retrieval and transplant were performed by a team led by Dr Julius Punnen, heart and lung transplant surgeon; Dr Varun Shetty, cardiothoracic surgeon; Dr Shashiraj S, cardiologist – congenital heart diseases and the team of support staff. (MR)

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