In a first in the satellite city, a heart of a man from Navi Mumbai travelled over 1,300 km to save the life of a businessman from Lebanese in Chennai. The heart could be safely transported to its destination with the synchronized efforts between doctors, airport officials, traffic authorities, and the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO).
On Thursday, a 43-year-old grocery shop owner in Khopoli, Chetan Tailor was announced brain dead by the doctors after 20 days of hospitalization in Navi Mumbai’s Apollo Hospital. As per doctors, he suffered an intra-cranial brain bleed and all the efforts to revive him for days went in vain.
Dr Prasad Mugalikar, Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, said, “Chetan Tailor from Khapoli, was admitted in a critical condition. On medical evaluation he was diagnosed to have bleeding in the brain stem and despite efforts, he could not be revived. He was declared brain dead on Thursday. The family members were counselled and they agreed to donate his organs. The heart was retrieved as other organs were not suitable for transplantation.”
“Only the heart was retrieved as other organs were not suitable for transplantation,” he said.
The heart recipient, a 61 year old businessman from Lebanon was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an last stage heart failure and was serious heart ailments and other health issues and registered on Organ waitlist for the transplant.
The heart reached its destination in Chennai at 4:36 pm at Fortis Malar. A green corridor was organized at Chennai and covered a distance of 12 km in 26 minutes to complete the process.