Heart transplant beneficiary seeks awareness on organ donation

Published: 09th July 2013 11:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2013 11:44 AM   |  A+A-

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Gireesh Kumar, the patient who had a successful heart transplantation surgery from Lisie hospital a few days ago left the hospital on Monday. He left for home in Palakkad with his sister. According to the hospital authorities, the medical condition of Gireesh Kumar is stable.

The surgery led by Dr Jose Chacko Periyapuram, Dr Rony Mathew Kadavil and Dr Jacob Abraham from the departments of Cardio Thoracic Curgery, Cardiology and Cardiac Anaesthesiology is the fourth successful heart transplantation surgery in Kerala.

Gireesh Kumar, 38, is a Malayali IT employee based in Bangalore. “Gireesh Kumar, a native of Palakkad was suffering from a rare heart ailment called dilated cardiomayopathy. Due to this condition, Girish’s heart could not pump blood efficiently. Heart transplantation surgery was the only solution.

The mother of a twenty five year old youth from Wayanad who had succumbed to brain death selflessly donated the heart of her son”, Dr Jose Chacko said.

Speaking to journalists, Gireesh Kumar said that he is overwhelmed at the gesture of an unknown woman, who happily donated her only son’s heart to him.

“I consider this as a divine intervention. In our society most of the people are not aware about the intricacies of heart transplant surgery. It is surprising that a woman from a humble background came forward to help me. The government and other concerned agencies should create more awareness about the heart transplantation surgery among the public”, Gireesh said.

Dr Rony Mathew said that if more people are coming for organ transplantation, it will help a lot of patients. “Government agencies like Kerala Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS) can play a crucial role”, he said.

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