New Delhi, May 21: A private hospital in Kolkata created history. Surgeons of Fortis private hospital on Monday successfully transplanted the heart of a 21-year-old man, who died in Bengaluru a day back, on a 39-year-old Dilchand Singh from Jharkhand.

The Donor was admitted at the Sparsh hospital in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in a critical condition after suffering an injury in a road accident on 16th May. The Donor was declared brain dead on 19th May, following severe head injuries that he got following the road accident. The doctors at Sparsh Hospital in Bengaluru got in touch with Fortis hospital in Chennai who in turn got in touch with Fortis hospital Kolkata & NOTO (National organ transplant organization) and found a matching recipient in Kolkata.

NOTO immediately gave them the green signal. After which, the heart was extracted from a donor. It was carried straight to Calcutta in a chartered flight but by the time it reached Calcutta airport from Bengaluru airport, it was 3 hours late already.

The heart was brought to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport by a special air ambulance at 10.53 am and left the airport at 11.09 am for the fortis hospital. A green corridor was prepared to maintain proper coordination with Bidhan Nagar city police and finally reached the hospital at 11.29 am. The entire journey from Bengaluru to Kolkata hospital took 3 hours and 19 minutes.

A team of 30 doctors team was formed under veteran heart surgeon Dr. Balakrishnan & Tapash Roy Chowdhury. The man from Jharkhand is reported to have been suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and was on the waitlist since January 2017.

“First successful heart transplant was done in the state but the heart required had to be brought from another state which is a shame for West Bengal”, he said. “About 35,000 hearts required for a state like West Bengal but the number of hearts available here is zero”, he further added.