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Kolkata: 47-year-old set to get new life in year’s first heart transplant

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The city’s first heart transplant of the year is set to be done at a private hospital early on Wednesday. While 47-year-old Kolkata resident Anusha Adhikari is the recipient, the donor is a 16 year-old Mumbai boy, who was declared brain dead after an accident on May 23. Late at night, the donor’s heart was flown to the city and it was taken to Fortis Hospital through a green corridor. If the transplant is successful, then this will be the third in the city this year and the eighth heart transplant since the first one in May, 2018.

Anusha Adhikari has been under treatment at the heart clinic of Fortis Hospital for several months. She was registered as a recipient with both ROTTO (Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) and NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) — the nodal authorities for organ transplant at the regional and local levels respectively.

A medical team from Fortis Hospital — where the transplant was set to happen — flew to Mumbai’s Global Hospital where the donor was admitted. They landed in Kolkata with the heart at around 10.30pm on Tuesday.

“All arrangements are being made and if all goes according to plan, our transplant team will begin the procedure post-midnight on Tuesday. The surgery may continue till early on Wednesday,” said Fortis Hospital medical superintendent Arafat Faisal.

Kolkata saw a lull in transplants this year after an extremely busy 2018, which witnessed 21 cases of organ donation, including seven heart transplants. The first heart transplant in the city took place at Fortis last year.

Source: The Times of India

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