Teenaged son en­cour­aged her for trans­plant

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - THINK! - SEEMA KHAN

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.

SU­NIL SAX­ENA/ HT

Seema Khan was lucky to find a heart donor

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