Fortis Malar performs First-of-its-Kind transplant of Adult Hearts in Infant Cavity

Chennai, 23th March 2018: A team of doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital recently conducted two complicated heart transplant surgeries by placing adult hearts into the heart cavity of children to save two lives here recently. 8 years old Master Roman and 12 years old Ms Sri Supriya were suffering from life threatening heart conditions that required urgent heart transplants. However, due to paucity of hearts of their age and size, the team of doctors led by Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Malar Hospital and Dr Suresh Rao KG, Head of the Department, Critical Care and Cardiac Anaesthesia, Fortis Malar Hospital meticulously planned and performed this unique clinical feat to transplant two adult hearts into the cavity of these two children respectively.

The firstheart transplant was performed on Master Roman, an 8-year-oldboy from Russia who was admitted on 13th October 2017 at thehospital with prognosis of heart failure. Roman’s condition deteriorated withsevere biventricular restrictive cardiomyopathy, a disease of heart musclerestricting flow of blood into the ventricles and his condition became morecomplicated when he had a cardiac arrest. After 45minutes of CardiopulmonaryResuscitation (CPR), he was finally put on an Extracorporeal MembraneOxygenation (ECMO), an advanced cardiac and respiratory life support system. 

On thecondition of the patient, Dr KR Balakrishnan said, “WhenRoman was brought into our hospital, he was in a critical condition. A hearttransplant was the only way to cure him. We had to resort to ECPR to save hislife until a heart was available for transplant. However, given the severity ofhis condition, we decided to do the transplant as soon as we can.”

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