Chembur man gifted Surat woman’s heart
The aim of the campaign is create awareness that chest compressions by bystanders could lead to three to four times improvement in the survival rate in sudden cardiac arrest. “There is a need to spread awareness about identifying cardiac arrest victims, calling for medical help, initiating ‘handsonly CPR’ and familiarize them with the use of AED (automated external defibrillator) which is a life-saver,” he said.
The Cardiology Society of India will train policemen as well as civic employees on basic cardiac life support as well as the use of AED. The training pro- World
Heart Day will now hold special significance for a 37-year-old Chembur resident who underwent a heart transplant on Friday, thanks to a Surat family that donated the heart of their 20-year-old brain-dead daughter.
This was the 20th heart donation from Surat, said Nilesh Mandlewala of Donate Life, an NGO working for the cause of organ donation. The donor heart was transported from Surat to Fortis Hospital in Mulund—a distance of 314km in one hour and 46 minutes. The recipient, who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, was waitlisted for transplant since July. “We are humbled by the gesture of the young patient’s husband. In time of such grief, he consented to donate his wife’s organs,” said Dr S Narayani of Fortis.
The city has witnessed a total of 87 heart transplants in the past four years. grams will be conducted during the 70th Annual Conference of Cardiological Society of India scheduled to be held at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, on November 22. The launch was attended by BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta.