NELLORE: In a rarest event, Chennai-based Fortis Center for Heart Failure & Transplantation (Fortis Malar Hospital) has successfully performed heart transplantation surgery on a 12-year-old girl hailing from Mulapet area here.
The girl, Rachasiri Mahalakshmi, who underwent surgery in August, was brought to Nellore on Wednesday.
Speaking to media persons, Dr KR Balakrishnan, who performed the heart transplantation, said Mahalakshmi had been suffering from a condition called ‘Idiopathic dilated cardiomypathy’ for the past 10 years The problem was noticed when she was two years old. Since then, it was medically managed but in vain as her condition was started deteriorating in the last couple of years.
She was eventually referred to the Fortis hospital where doctors registered her with the Tamil Nadu government for a heart transplant, and luckily got the heart of a 23- year-old boy who was declared brain dead following a road accident on August 12 in Chennai.
Recovering from the successful surgery, Mahalakshmi is continuing her daily activities like other normal people.
“I was feeling easy and happy now and hope to play with my friends very soon,” said Mahalakshmi.
Thanking Fortis Malar Hospital doctors for their initiative in successfully transplanting the heart on his daughter, Mahalakshmi’s father R.Sudhakar Rao, who is the deputy general manager in a Andhra Bank branch in Dargamitta, said he is yet to come to grips with the reality of the incident .
“I don’t know whether God is there or not, but I can see the Destiny in the doctors of Fortis hospital as they had given rebirth to my daughter,” he said.