First Heart Transplant Surgery in Malabar a Success

In what is seen as a whole new chapter in healthcare in Malabar region, the first heart transplant surgery was successfully conducted at the Metro International Cardiac Centre, Kozhikode on Friday.

The heart of a brain dead person, P Vijesh (30) of Kannur was transplanted to Shamsuddin (54) of Manjeri in a six hours long surgery.

“This is a historic achievement for the hospital, being the first centre in Malabar to transplant a heart successfully,” said chief cardiac surgeon at the hospital Dr V Nandakumar, who led the team of doctors. “There is no pumping support by a machine for the transplanted heart now. The patient is in ICU with ventilator support only,” he said.

Speaking to mediapersons, Dr P P Mohammed Musthafa, chief cardiologist and MD of MICC said, “We reached Kozhikode at 5.20am after harvesting the heart at Kannur and the surgery lasted six hours. The harvested heart was brought to the hospital via road with police escort and took one hour and two minutes to reach the hospital due to the support extended by district collectors of Kannur and Kozhikode and police officials of Kannur, Kozhikode and Mahe.”

“In the first phase, the heart beats with the help of machine. By 1pm, Shamsudeen was shifted to ICU and heart started beating independently without the support of the pumping machine. The crucial stage was between heart transplant and the heart beating stage,” he said.

Metro Hospital chief cardiac surgeon Dr V Nandakumar, chief cardiologist Dr P P Muhammed Musthafa and chief anesthesiologist Dr Ashok Jayaraj
Metro Hospital chief cardiac surgeon Dr V Nandakumar, chief cardiologist Dr P P Muhammed Musthafa and chief anesthesiologist Dr Ashok Jayaraj

The donor Vijesh Parambath (30) was declared brain dead at the AKG hospital in Kannur Thursday evening.

He was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with head injuries suffered from a stray bullet when he had gone hunting in the forest at Puliangode near Mattanur in Kannur district.

After Vijesh’s father and relatives consented to donate his organs, a team of doctors led by Dr Nandakumar went to AKG hospital to conduct the organ harvesting procedure.

District administration made all arrangements for easy transportation of the harvested heart from Kannur to Kozhikode by regulating the traffic between 3.00 am and 6.00 am today.

The kidneys were donated to Baby Memorial Hospital and the liver to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

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