STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Organ donation comes as boon for Girish Kumar

Getting a heart from a donor of the same blood group and matching body size at the nick of time needed sheer luck.

Published: 08th March 2019 01:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2019 01:46 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI:  Five years ago, when Girish Kumar, a techie from Wipro, approached Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Lisie Hospital, Kochi, for a heart transplant, his only dream was to live. On Wednesday, 44-year-old Girish celebrated his fifth birthday after the heart transplant, in an event organised at Lisie Hospital. Periappuram and his team, who had successfully conducted the heart transplant, were present on the occasion. Actor Jayasurya also took part.

“If I can get a matching heart, I am ready for a second transplant,” were Girish’s words when he approached the doctor. It was in 2013 his first heart transplant took place at Lisie Hospital. He was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy, where heart muscles lose their elasticity and slowly get ballooned out. He was also suffering from Ankylosing Spondylosis. He had a hip joint replacement eight months after the first transplant. Due to an infection of one of the heart valves, he was subjected to a second transplant in March 2014.

“The infection of the valve caused cardiac arrest and he had to be placed on ventilator support. Only two options were left - valve replacement or a heart re-transplantation. He chose re-transplantation after a lot of research on his own,” said Periappuram who undertook the surgery that lasted more than 10 hours. 

Getting a heart from a donor of the same blood group and matching body size at the nick of time needed sheer luck. Organ donation must be encouraged to save more lives, said the doctor. “It is only due to the willingness of the donor that I am alive now. Therefore, keeping misconceptions aside, people must encourage organ donation and save lives,” said Girish. 

Actor Jayasurya, while addressing the gathering, stressed the relevance of organ donation. 
“Genuine prayers and the happiest and saddest moments in life happen in hospitals. The confidence that Girish showed for undergoing the transplantation is the most encouraging factor for the doctors doing the surgery. There is no doubt if families permit, organs may be donated from those declared brain dead, and many lives can be saved,” said the actor.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp