CHENNAI: It was a great disappointment for the family of a patient battling for life in a city hospital. They were pinning their hopes on a suitable heart and lung donor, an accident victim in Thiruvananthapuram.
Even as a team of 20 medical professionals from Global Hospitals flew to the capital of the neighbouring state to harvest the organs, it turned out to be futile as the organs started deteriorating. “The person had lung infection and also had a leak in heart valve. This happens in the case of road accidents, because they suffer injury to the chest and other vital parts. They also asphyxiate, affecting lungs. These are the reason for organs getting affected,” said Dr G Subramani, senior consult heart and lung transplant and cardiothoracic surgery at Global Hospitals. Around 3 am on Thursday, the doctors received the message about the donor suitable to their patient. But later had to return disappointed.