Breaking boundaries: Indian doctors, donor save Pakistani man’s life

Doctors at Fortis Malar in Chennai perform successful heart transplant on Kharian resident.

News Desk May 26, 2013
Doctors at Fortis Malar in Chennai perform successful heart transplant on Kharian resident. PHOTO: FILE

A team of Indian doctors saved the life of a Pakistani man after performing a successful heart transplant surgery on him at a hospital in Chennai. Interestingly, the donor was also an Indian national, according to a press release issued by the Asiatic Public Relations.

“Reflecting its commitment to saving and enriching lives beyond boundaries, a team of cardiac experts at the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Cardiac Care, Fortis Malar, Chennai, led by Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director Cardiac Sciences, performed a lifesaving complex heart transplant surgery on a Pakistani national,” reads the press release.

Pakistani national Moulana Mohammed Zubair Ashmi, 40, a resident of Kharian tehsil, Gujrat district, was suffering from a condition called ‘Dilated Cardiomyopathy’, in which the functioning of both ventricle of the heart are severely depressed.

Ashmi was repeatedly admitted in several hospitals with breathing difficulty and other symptoms. Doctors finally diagnosed him as having heart failure and told his family that his only chance of survival was a heart transplant.

“He had been on medication in Pakistan for more than a year since he was diagnosed with decreased pumping efficiency of the heart of around 10-15% (normal being 60%) – a condition denoting his poor heart function. When his condition became precarious, he was airlifted from a leading heart hospital in Lahore, Pakistan,” said Dr K R Balakrishnan.

“Upon his arrival at Fortis Malar, we performed a detailed medical examination, and realised he also had renal failure, had fluid in his lungs and abdomen and was also hepatitis C positive. All this just made his condition extremely difficult to treat,” he added.

After a wait of approximately two months, a suitable Indian donor heart became available for Ashmi, even though it was of a different blood group, through an organ sharing network system created in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

“If the transplant had been delayed by even 2 days, it would have cost him his life,” said Dr Suresh Rao, Chief of Cardiac Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

Following the successful operation, a grateful Ashmi said, “I am ready to live life all over again and it is all due to the kindness of my saviour heart.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2013.


Vivek | 9 years ago | Reply

None of this will stop the terrorists from coming down to India. After all Pakistanis were gloating when the 26/11 attacks happened. Saudi Arabia and Pakistani were in fact blaming India for the incident, due to inadequate security measures in place to prevent this incident, no less !!! Less than 10 people turned up for the 26/11 memorial held at Lahore.

Honestly the only thing we enjoy is each other's misery. Nothing more nothing less. It is better if we put an end to this farce of a relationship once and for all.

Coronary Angiography Treatment In Pune | 9 years ago | Reply

All credit goes to doctor for properly arranging the donor and executing surgery. Its a great news to hear about India and people should learn and take lesson from this and. We are proud of our Doctors

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