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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 Kozhik...

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