Dr. Sandeep Attawar, Director and Chair, Institute of Heart & Lung Transplantation and others addressed the media about lung transplantation and also showcased a patient recovering from this disease.
38-year-old Rima Agarwal of Jalpaiguri was diagnosed with end-stage Pulmonary Fibrosis about five years ago. She suffered from acute shortness of breath and could survive only with the support of artificial oxygen. As her condition worsened, there was an increase in daily oxygen intake from 2 litres to 8 litres. Rima and her family were devastated when told that there is no cure for her Interstitial Lung Disease, It is at this moment that they heard about the successful Lung Transplant Program in Chennai.
On 24th of April 2017, Rima visited Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai, where she met with the specialist team lead by Dr.Sandeep Attawar. On the 4th of July 2017, a pair of donor lungs was allocated to Rima, and the team led by Dr.Sandeep Attawar performed the bilateral lung transplant surgery on her. The six-hour-long surgery was completed successfully, and Rima was moved to the Cardio-Thoracic ICU, where she was under constant care of the Transplant physicians. Rima was moved to a regular ward within three days and her health progressed towards recovery.
Dr. Attawar mentioned that since this is a new technique in medical science and with all our social taboos, the people will need time to become accustomed to these new things. However with this example, he said that people can now get a second lease of life if contacted at the right time.
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