The heart of a 21-year-old accident victim from Jaipur was successfully transplanted into a 50-year-old man suffering from heart failure in New Delhi on Saturday, giving him a second chance at life. The recipient reportedly underwent angioplasty twice and was implanted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, a battery-operated device that monitors heart rate, last year. If the device detects an aberrant heart rhythm, it delivers an electromagnetic charge to restore a normal heartbeat.aHis heart function was severely compromised. Without the transplant, he would not have survived for more than a year, according to Dr. Z S Meharwal, director of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. The patient, he added, is from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, but he has been staying in Delhi for the past few months in the hopes of receiving a new heart if there is a cadaver donation. The cardiac transplant team from the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute traveled to the hospital to retrieve the donor’s heart. A green corridor was constructed from the Delhi airport to Fortis in order to expedite transportation of the cargo. The heart arrived at the hospital within thirty minutes, and the transplant was completed six hours later. The recipient is doing well,a Dr. Meharwal said.Dr. Ashish Seth, chairman of the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, stated that awareness has led to a modest but constant increase in the number of organ donations across India. aMany lives are being spared as a result,a he added.At any given moment, approximately one million Indians suffer from end-stage heart failure. aThe minimum number of patients requiring a heart transplant would be one thousand. However, less than fifty undergo the procedure because it is not only expensive but there are also few donors, according to a transplant surgeon.
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