Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fortis Malar saves life of a two year nine month old Russian baby by heart transplant

A team of cardiac experts at Fortis Centre For Heart Failure & Transplant, Fortis Malar, Chennai led by Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director Cardiac Sciences and Dr. Suresh Rao K G, HOD Critical Care & Cardiac Anaesthesia performed India’s first paediatric heart transplant on a two year nine months old boy, Gleb Kudriavtsev from Russia, not just giving him a new lease of life, but also showing a ray of hope to many more children suffering from end stage heart failure

The complex procedure lasted for over 8 hrs, Weighing only 7 kgs, the boy from Moscow, Russia was suffering from restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart loses its capacity to relax with each beat, hence the blood pumping blood pumping is affected as a result his lung pressure was a very high. This left him with Heart transplant as the only solution. Help came from Bengaluru when the parents of a 2 year old boy, who was declared brain dead agreed to donate his organs. The heart was transported using an Inter-State Green Corridor that took 47 minutes, in all to travel, from Bangalore to Chennai.

Advances in medicine have made heart transplants safer and a real option in managing cases of end stage heart failure. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of patient-centered care to many more patients, right here in India, utilizing our interdisciplinary approach, enormous talent and the multi-skilled resources within our team, said Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan, Director of Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Centre for Heart Failure & Transplant, Fortis Malar Hospital.