Within 24 hours, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital performed six organ transplants, including a combined double heart and lung transplant, a double lung transplant, two liver transplants and a kidney transplant.
The transplant procedure involved the participation of 25 surgeons, 30 nurses, 15 support staff and 4 transplant coordinators, as well as support from various hospital teams.
The combined heart-lung transplant was led by Dr. Anvay Mulay, Director of Advanced Heart Surgery and Heart Transplantation, and his team. Two liver transplants were led by Dr. Ravi Mohanka, director of Liver Transplant, and his team. The lung transplant was led by Dr. Sandeep Attawar, Director of Lung Transplantation, and his team. The kidney transplant was led by Dr. Rushi Deshpande, Director of Critical Care – Nephrology, along with Dr. Ashiq A Raval, Consultant in Kidney Transplant Surgery, Dr. Hemant Mehta, Director of Anesthesia and their respective teams. Dr. Rahul Pandit, director of intensive care, and his team also contributed to the success of these transplants.
Dr Tarang Gianchandani, Group CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, hailed the achievement and said: “We are extremely fortunate to have an infrastructure that allowed us to manage all of this within 24 hours. I am extremely grateful to the selfless donors and donor families who made this life-changing day possible. So proud of our medical teams and their incredible skills. I would also like to thank the Mumbai Police for their help and coordination.
In February, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan announced that India had seen a rapid resurgence in organ transplant procedures following the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time, the country performed more than 15,000 transplants in 2022. There has been a 27 percent annual increase in the number of transplants, he added.
Bhushan welcomed the changes made by the government, such as updating the guidelines and removing the residency requirement.
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