February 3, 2023

Dr. D.Y Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre in Pune Successfully Performed a Unique Case of Heart and Lung Transplant on a 46-year-old Doctor.

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Pune, November 22, 2022:

Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune successfully performed a heart and lung transplant on a 46-year-old Doctor who currently lives in the UK was diagnosed with Scleroderma a rare autoimmune disease that can cause skin and other parts of the body to thicken and harden in 2004.

During the disease, she had multiple episodes of Raynaud’s phenomenon during winter which worsened gradually. Eventually, she developed Scleroderma-related Interstitial lung disease which was diagnosed in 2016 followed by severe Pulmonary Hypertension in 2017. Along with these, she also had Oesophageal dysmotility and reflux disease.

Dr. Sandeep Attawar, Program Director and Chair, Institute of Heart & Lung Transplantation, KIMS, Hyderabad say, “Dr. DY Patil Medical College Hospital has a strong cadaver organ donation program. On the 19th Oct, the family of a 27-year-old brain-dead patient consented to donate her organs. The doctor underwent a combined heart-lung transplant in the early hours of 20th Oct 2022. Organ Donation is a very noble act that saves lives. Though it is very unfortunate to lose a loved one, donating their organs can help save lives, thus giving a second life to many. I am grateful to the donor family who agreed to this noble act”.

Dr. Anurag Garg, Dr. Ashish Dolas, Dr. Ranjit Pawar, Dr. Prabhat Dutta, Dr. Vipul Sharma, and Dr. Sandeep Junghare under the leadership of Dr. Sandeep Attawar which lasted for 6 hours, involved carefully coordinated teamwork involving several medical specialties and support services.

Commenting on the success of the complicated surgery, Dr. P.D. Patil, Chancellor – Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune stated, “DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and research center has one of the best heart, and lung transplantation teams in the country, as well as a matching infrastructure that provides best-in-class services, cutting-edge technology, and leaders in complex procedures. The hospital comprises a fully integrated and transplant-dedicated multidisciplinary team to ensure optimal care and excellent outcomes.”

Adds Dr. Anurag Garg, HOD Cardiac Surgery, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research center said “In the postoperative period the Doctor was weaned off the ventilator, underwent regular bronchoscopies and pulmonary monitoring, strict monitoring of immunosuppression and intensive physiotherapy along with 24/7 critical care. Her recovery has been encouraging and she has made steady progress. She has been successfully discharged and will continue her recovery and rehabilitation in controlled circumstances at home”

Dr. M.S. Barthwal, HOD Respiratory Medicine, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre Says, “She had multiple worsening episodes of the lung disease for which she needed multiple admissions. Her oxygen requirement went up to very high for maintaining oxygen saturation of 90 – 96 % at rest and daily activities. She was therefore enrolled for a combined heart-lung transplant and placed on a waitlist. However, she was admitted to the CVTS, ICU of Dr. DY Patil Medical College Hospital and needed constant monitoring and high oxygen support for more than 6 weeks while waiting for the organs”.

“God has answered all my prayers as DY Patil Hospital has the best skilled and experienced surgeons that understood my complex medical history and also thanked the Donor by saving her life says, Doctor

Dr. Bhagyashree P. Patil, Pro-Chancellor, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune and Dr. Yashraj P. Patil, Treasurer & Trustee – Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, concluded by thanking all the staff and Doctors for the successful transplant.

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