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SSKM turns lifesaver yet again, performs heart transplant on youth

SSKM turns lifesaver yet again, performs heart transplant on youth

Kolkata: For the first time in the history of Bengal, SSKM Hospital has conducted a heart transplant surgery on a 25-year-old youth, who had already undergone heart surgery at the age of 16.

It was a real challenge for the doctors at the hospital to conduct the transplant as the patient had heart surgery at an earlier age. According to sources in the hospital, the recipient had complained about heart complications when he was just a teenager.

The patient had been taken to SSKM when he reported heart problems for the first time. After tests, the doctors found that one of his mitral valves was not functioning properly.

The doctors then felt the necessity of conducting the heart surgery on the patient. The heart surgery was conducted successfully at the hospital but the patient later picked up some complications with the passage of time.

The patient was again taken to the hospital following some complications. After repeated examinations, the doctors found that there was no option other than a heart transplant.

The family members of the youth later enrolled his name in the register of potential organ recipients, which is maintained by the state Health department.

The heart, which was harvested from a brain-dead patient at a private hospital, had been taken to SSKM on Tuesday. A team of doctors at the CTVS department conducted the heart transplant on the patient.

A doctor, who was a part of the team that carried out the operation on Wednesday, said: "The patient is still in critical condition as he is constantly bleeding. Hemodynamic issues precluded chest closure after the transplant. The patient has been kept under constant monitoring at the CTVS department. It's too early to predict the patient's health and he would take 72 hours to recover."

This is the second time that SSKM Hospital has performed a heart transplant after obtaining clearance from the state Health department and 11th organ transplant of the year so far. Apart from the heart, a kidney and a liver were also transplanted in two patients at the hospital.

The organs were harvested from Apratim Ghosh (42), who had suffered cerebral haemorrhage on Sunday and went into coma. The doctors in a private hospital declared him brain-dead on Monday, following which his wife expressed her desire to donate organs.

Apratim had pledged to donate his organs last year. The private hospital authorities contacted the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) and the whole procedure was conducted within a short span of time.

The harvested organs were later transported to SSKM and Command Hospital after the city police set up green corridors for their safe passage.

Pradip Chatterjee

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