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After transplant, 13-year-old becomes youngest heart recipient in east India

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A 13-year-old boy from Odisha underwent a successful heart transplant surgery at a Howrah hospital on Tuesday. He became the youngest such patient in eastern India. This was also the second paediatric heart transplant in Bengal.

The transplant was possible after the family of Basudeb Das Adhikari agreed to donate his organs after the 21-year-old Sabong resident was declared brain dead in the city.
Adhikari had met with a road accident post-midnight on February 27. He was riding his bike back home after attending a musical soiree. When he did not return home till late at night, his family started calling him up but there was no response. The worried family launched a search and later he was found lying in a pool of blood with severe head injury about 3 km from his house.

“We found him around 3.30 am in that condition. It seems an animal had come in his way. In order to save the animal, he slammed the brake and met with the accident,” said cousin Nanda Das Adhikari.

The youth was rushed to the Midnapore Medical College where the primary treatment was done. But as the CT scan report suggested severe head injury, the family took him to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals on February 28.

“On Monday, we were told that he was brain dead and the condition was irreversible. They counselled us for donating his organ. He got married a few months ago and his wife conceived two months ago. But we consented to the donation as it would give a new lease of life to at least four persons,” said the accident victim’s cousin.

The heart was allotted to Narayana Superspecialty Hospital (NHS). The ambulance carrying the heart left Apollo at 4pm to reach the Howrah hospital where the transplant team was ready for the surgery on the 13-year-old boy from Keonjhar in Odisha.

Source : TimesofIndia

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