After Transplant, 13-year-old Becomes Youngest Heart Recipie
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A 13-year-old boy from Odisha underwent a successful heart transplant surgery at a Howrah hospital. He became the youngest such patient in eastern India. This was also the second pediatric heart transplant in Bengal. The transplant was possible after the family of Basudeb Das Adhikari agreed to donate his organs after the 21-year-old Sabong resident was declared brain dead in the city.

Adhikari had met with a road accident post-midnight on February 27. He was riding his bike back home. When he did not return home till late at night, his family started calling him up but there was no response. The worried family launched a search and later he was found lying in a pool of blood with severe head injury about 3 km from his house.

The youth was rushed to the Midnapore Medical College where the primary treatment was done. CT scan report suggested severe head injury. He was declared brain dead later. The family was counseled about organ donation and they were convinced for that. The heart was allotted to Narayana Superspecialty Hospital (NHS) in Howrah.

The ambulance carrying the heart left Apollo at 4pm to reach the Howrah hospital where the transplant team was ready for the surgery on the 13-year-old boy from Keonjhar in Odisha. The boy suffers from Ebstein's anomaly which is a congenital heart condition usually treated by advanced valve repair surgery.

The NSH team completed the surgery and shifted the boy to ICU around 9.20 pm. This was the second pediatric heart transplant at the facility. The first one was done on a 17-year-old girl during pandemic on August 17, 2020. While the liver and kidney were allocated to Apollo, the other kidney went to SSKM Hospital through ROTTO.

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