15-year-old brain-dead boy’s heart airlifted, successfully transplanted

The heart of 15-year-old Vishal, who was declared brain-dead following a road accident, has given life to a 27-year-old woman suffering from a rare disease. The heart was transported from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi by a Naval Air Ambulance today.

A team of doctors at Kochi’s Lisie Hospital said that they have successfully transplanted the heart in Sandhya.

Vishal, a class 10 student, was declared brain dead on Monday after being hit by a car on Saturday. The driver surrendered later.

After his family’s consent, Vishal’s heart was airlifted from Thiruvananthapuram by an Indian Navy Dornier aircraft.

While Vishal’s heart was brought to Kochi, his kidneys were donated to two patients at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan intervened to arrange the Naval air ambulance to transport the organs to ensure that they reach the recipients in time.

Ernakulam District Collector MG Rajamanickyam on Monday forwarded a request to Headquarters, Southern Naval Command (HQSNC) for transportation of the harvested heart from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi via air.

Accordingly, four doctors of Lisie Hospital were airlifted by an IN Dornier from INS Garuda to Thiruvananthapuram at 6.30 am today.

The medical team along with the harvested heart returned to INS Garuda, Kochi around 1 pm.