A surgery touching three States


Hyderabad-based man receives heart from brain-dead Karnataka youth under AP’s Aarogyasri

Doctors of the Yashoda Group of Hospitals have performed the first successful heart transplant surgery in Hyderabad’s Old City on a 48-year-old man diagnosed with a severe heart failure condition.

Three States

The case was not only complicated but also unique with three States incidentally being involved in giving a new lease of life to the patient, K. Venkata Naga Srikanth, a private company employee. The man hails from Andhra Pradesh but is settled in Hyderabad while the brain-dead donor was from Karnataka. The Jeevandan unit here facilitated the organ transplant and the surgery was funded by Andhra Pradesh government’s Arogyasri scheme.

Mr. Srikanth, a resident of Habsiguda and father of two, first experienced breathlessness when he was 40 after which he was asked to undergo angiogram test. The reports came out normal. However, over the years, his condition deteriorated. He was under treatment and followed up with various hospitals till May 2018 when he was finally advised to visit Yashoda Hospital, Malakpet.

Dr. Pawan Poddar senior cardiologist, and Dr. N. Nageswara Rao, senior cardio-thoracic and transplant surgeon, examined him and decided heart transplant was the only option. He was thus registered under Jeevandan scheme.

Enlarged heart

Sharing the details of the case, Dr. Rao told mediapersons here on Friday that investigations revealed Mr. Srikanth was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively and his heart muscle functioning was only at 14%. He was put on necessary treatment as the wait for the right heart began.

On November 13, the heart transplant team received information from Jeevandan about a 24-year-old patient at Yashoda hospital, Somajiguda, who had suffered severe head injuries in a road accident and was declared brain-dead.

When the bereaved family members gave their consent to donate organs of the deceased, the transplant team evaluated the donor’s organ and found it to be a perfect match for Mr. Srikanth. Immediately, the organ was harvested at Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, and rushed to the Malakpet branch through green corridor in seven minutes. The other team of doctors prepared the patient and the transplant surgery began at 3.30 a.m. The procedure took about six hours.

The patient was shifted from the ICU after two weeks and discharged in a stable condition, said Dr. G.S.Rao, MD of Yashoda Hospitals.

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