Teenaged son encouraged her for transplant
She was fourth on the waiting list for a heart transplant. But Seema Khan, 34, who had a heart transplant at the AIIMS in October 2011, turned out to be lucky, as the first person on the list had passed away and the remaining two refused surgery.
She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which heart becomes weak and enlarged and is unable to pump blood efficiently. “She had become bedridden, as the slightest movement would leave her severely breathless,” said KP Khan, her husband. Three months prior to the transplant surgery, the couple had registered for receiving the organ.
Doctors were all praise for the couple that did not back out like many others who develop a cold feat at the last minute, despite registering for it. The heart was donated by an army jawan, who was declared brain dead at New Delhi’s Army Research and Referral Hospital. The couple gave all the credit to their 14-year-old-son, Sahil, for removing their doubts. “He searched the internet and retrieved every bit of the relevant data on heart transplant. He even showed us videos of the surgery that helped us make up our mind,” said Khan. “It doesn’t matter who gave the organ as long as it saved my wife’s life,” he added.
Seema Khan was lucky to find a heart donor