Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 | Last Update : 06:46 PM IST

  Metros   Delhi  25 Jul 2018  Heart patient cheats death 13 times, receives transplant

Heart patient cheats death 13 times, receives transplant

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 25, 2018, 4:44 am IST
Updated : Jul 25, 2018, 4:44 am IST

He was then fitted with a ventricular assist device, prolonging his life enough to be able to receive a transplant.

 Even on the ventilator, his condition continued to deteriorate and within two days, he suffered multiple organ failure.
  Even on the ventilator, his condition continued to deteriorate and within two days, he suffered multiple organ failure.

New Delhi: A 41-year-old man, who cheated death 13 times after heart attacks in the past three years, finally received a cadaveric heart via a green corridor in the city.

The donor, hailing from Udaipur, was declared brain dead a few days ago, following which the heart was transported to Delhi and a  green corridor was created between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) andl Max Hospital Saket for the transplant.

It took a total of 1 hour 40 minutes to cover a distance of 256 km. Shubhankar Dhar Choudhary’s life had come to a screeching halt one day in February 2015. What began with nausea and breathlessness, soon turned into repeated episodes of vomiting, severe perspiration, and dizziness, and within a few days, he was intubated. Even on the ventilator, his condition continued to deteriorate and within two days, he suffered multiple organ failure.

He was then fitted with a ventricular assist device, prolonging his life enough to be able to receive a transplant.

With organ donation in India continuing to be a dismal scenario and for patients with end-stage organ failure, Mr Choudhary’s couldn’t find a donor.

Dr Kewal Krishan, director-Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Devices, Principal Consultant – CTVS, Max Saket, who treated Mr Choudhary, shared how in end-stage heart disease, the only options were either a transplant or Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD).

However, every time Dr Krishan and his team tried to wean the mechanical support that the patient was on, his condition would start deteriorating. As a result, he could not wait for a new heart. In a case like his, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) came as a bridge to transplant, prolonging his life enough to be able to receive a transplant.

An LVAD is placed in one of the heart chambers in the patient’s chest and helps the heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.  

D13

Tags: ndira gandhi international airport, max hospital saket