Heart Transplant in city hospital in times of CORONA

Ankur Bhattacharya

Kolkata: When the entire nation is under lockdown and no major medical support was available to large number of patients other than those who were affected by Corona virus, a leading private hospital in the city came forward and saved the life of a 45 year old shopkeeper through a successful Heart Transplant late last month.

Amit Kumar Dey, a middle aged resident of Debogram,in district of Nadia, about 140 km from here, and a shopkeeper by profession consulted Dr. Kunal Sarkar,the head of cardiology department of a leading Private hospital in Kolkata in January with an acute stage of heart failure.

‘He had suffered massive myocardial Infarction. His heart function, was severely compromised as it had affected both right and left ventricle’ said Dr Sarkar here on Monday about the then condition of the patient.

Accordingly, Dr Sarkar said Dey was put on the list of organ recipient in ROTTO Portal after appropriate investigation. His heart function worsened further and as a result he was admitted to this Superspecialty Hospital on 17 February and he remained in a very critical condition as he suffered two cardiac arrests in quick succession. He was on ventilator with Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) support.

‘Considering his critical condition we requested ROTTO to give priority for organ allocation.’ Dr Sarkar said and added that by the first week of March as ‘all of us were getting anxious about CORONA situation, it was looking less and less likely that this gentleman could make it to the transplant.

Fortunately on 17 March, the hospital was alerted by ROTTO that one donor heart was available at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (IGIMS), Patna. Soon Our retrieval team was rushed to IGIMS and the heart was harvested and transported to Kolkata within two hours.with the utmost collaboration of IGIMS, Patna Police, Indigo Airline, ROTTO, Bidhannagar Police and Kolkata Police, Dr Sarkar informed and said immediately on arrival on 18 March a successful Heart Transplant surgery was conducted and Dey made a good recovery without any complications.

In the mean time because of the Lockdown situation he could not be discharged from the hospital soon.’We have utilized this time to make a thorough assessment of his home situation. Maintaining hygiene, nutrition and minimum contact in this period of Covid pandemic. His family members were also been trained and counselled thoroughly on home management. so that good care could be taken in his house following his dischage from the hospital on Tuesday Dr Sarkar said.

He said this entire exercise would not have been possible without the wholehearted support from the Superspecialty Hospital and its benefactors. The entire expenses of these two months period have been supported by the hospital.Apart from Dr Sarkar the other members of the Heart Transplant team were Dr Sandip Sardar, Dr Arpan Chakraborty, Dr Dipanjan Chatterjee and Dr Soumyajit Ghosh.