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Russian baby gets Indian heart

Mon, Feb 02, 2015, 07:02 PM
Chennai, Feb 2: A two-year-old baby boy from Russia has got a new lease of life after successfully undergoing a heart transplant in a private hospital here, doctors said Monday.

The transplanted heart, that is beating well now, belonged to a two-year-old boy from Bengaluru who was diagnosed as brain dead.

"The challenge was getting the heart of right size in the case of a child," Suresh Rao K.G., who heads the critical care and cardiac anaesthesia department at Fortis Malar Hospital, told reporters.

The doctors claimed it was India's first paediatric heart transplant operation which lasted for nearly eight hours.

Weighing only seven kg, the boy - Gleb Kudriavtsev from Moscow - was suffering from restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart loses its capacity to relax with each beat affecting pumping of blood.

As heart transplant was the only solution, the search was on for a suitable baby heart.

The good news came from Bengaluru where the parents of the two-year-old boy agreed to donate his organs.

In 47 minutes, the harvested heart was transported from Bengaluru to Chennai.
Agency: IANS

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