Chem­bur man gifted Su­rat woman’s heart

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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