Monday, June 16, 2014

Heart for Hvovi (in 13 min 22 sec)

"As soon as the heart was brought, the transplant began. By 10.15pm, the heart was beating in the patient's chest," said Dr Suresh Rao, chief anesthetist at Fortis Malar.

May many a million "green corridors" bloom. Best wishes (truly a second born) to Hvovi Minocherchomji (an interesting name - Naga? - if anything).

It is un-imaginable that people (and society in general) are silly enough to fight between themselves instead of co-operating. The silliest fights are on the basis of ideology, as if a Hindu heart beats differently from a Muslim one. If any policy question needs resolving, just apply the rule: how does it affect women (positively, adversely)? In general, the people in power need to remove bottlenecks that tend to throttle the lives of the aam aurat and lend a helping hand (and a useful heart) whenever required.


Five people with heart failure were waiting for a second shot at life and one got lucky on Monday. Early Monday morning changed Mumbaikar Hvovi Minocherchomji's life when doctors told her that she would get a new heart.    The 21-year-old BCom student was suffering from swelling of the heart (dilated cardiomyopathy) for four years and had decided to go to the US for a transplant. But doctors advised her against it as the waiting period for a heart there was two years and she had just three months before things might turn worse.

 Two weeks ago Minocherchomji was admitted at Fortis Malar Hospitals in Adyar and was enrolled in the state organ transplant registry. Good news came at 7am. "There were five patients waiting for a heart and we chose Hvovi as her condition was worsening by the moment. The donor's blood group and body weight also matched only with hers," said Dr Suresh Rao, chief anaesthetist at Fortis Malar.

The ambulance carrying the heart, harvested from a 27-year-old man who died in a traffic accident and preserved in a special container at 4 degrees Celsius, started from Government hospital at 6.44pm and reached Fortis Malar 13 minutes and 22 seconds later, at 6.57pm. Normally, a vehicle takes 45 minutes to cover the stretch at peak hour.

At the private hospital, the parents of Hvovi Minocherchomji's, a 21-year-old BCom student from Mumbai, received the heart - the mother in tears, the father with a prayer on his lips.

Malar surgeons immediately got to the job of transplanting the organ on the recipient who was kept ready. Through the day, the teams of doctors at the two hospitals had been keeping each other informed about the condition of the donor and the recipient. The liver and kidneys went to other hospitals.

Malar got a call as early as 5.45am on Monday that a brain-dead patient may be taken off the ventilator in a few hours and that a heart, a liver and kidneys would be available for donation. The Mumbai woman turned out to be luckier than five others awaiting a heart transplant, as the donor's blood group and body weight matched only with hers among the other patients.

Almost simultaneously, Karunasagar, the additional commissioner of police (traffic) was informed about the need to transport the organ. By afternoon, the traffic police were ready to create the green corridor, most of it along the Beach Road and Santhome High Road, two of the busiest stretches in the evening.





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