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Fortis performs 1st heart transplant

In a milestone surgery, doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital successfully performed a heart transplant – a first for a Fortis Hospital in India.

The team,  headed by Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director- Cardiac Sciences Fortis Malar Hospital performed the very complex surgeryon  the 35-year old recipient  suffering from end-stage heart failure.

The transplanted heart came from a 34-year old donor whose relatives donated all his organs, after he was taken to a private hospital in Chennai, following a road accident, and declared brain-dead.

The high-risk surgery took place after  confirmation of the availability of a donor heart of the same blood group.  The patient is recovering well.

The life-saving Heart Transplant surgery was made possible by the support of the Tamil Nadu Organ Sharing  network programme, facilitated by the Tamil Nadu State Government. Coincidentally, neither the recipient nor the donor originates from Tamil Nadu.   The patient is off the ventilator and  breathing on his own.


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