For the first time in Kerala, a harvested heart was airlifted from Thiruvananthapuram airport, capital city of Kerala designated to Kochi for a heart transplant surgery on Friday evening. The distance on road is 200 km from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi.
Neelakanta Sharma’s Heart transplanted to Mathews
According to the government’s order, the Navy arranged a Dornier flight which flew with a team of doctors to Thiruvananthapuram, who wanted to harvest the heart of a brain dead person. Neelakanta Sarma was declared brain dead on Friday morning at Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Sharma underwent stroke and became paralysised and was admitted into the hospital on July 5th.
The Doctors team were taken to the hospital and the harvested heart was returned back in the Dornier flight to Kochi. Traffic regulations were made by the traffic department from Willingdon Island to Kaloor. The heart was taken immediately from the airport to Lissie hospital by an ambulance. The transplant surgery started within two minutes of the heart arrival. The harvested heart of 46 year old Neelakanta Sharma was successfully transplanted to Mathews. The leader of the team Dr. P Jose chako said that the surgery started at 8 pm and was successful. It took almost five hours to complete the surgery. The patient Mathews responded well to the treatment
The Kerala CM, Oomen Chandy, Navy, Traffic department and the Hospital teams dedicated work led to the success of the transplant surgery. The harvested heart traveled a distance of 220 kms within 75 minutes time. Mathew a resident of Chalakudy, Trichur district is a heart patient since long time. He has been treated until doctors compelled for a heart transplant that only could save the life of Mathews. He being a common man, had to rely on the government and donations for the transplant surgery. He is accompanied by his wife, one son and one daughter.