Hindu youth’s heart beats in Muslim man

Docs fly down 21-yr-old brain-dead youth’s heart to CIMS Ahmedabad for 3rd live transplant in Guj

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A 36-year-old Muslim man from Anand got a new lease of life on Thursday when a 21-year-old brain-dead patient’s heart was transplanted to him at CIMS hospital in Ahmedabad. This was the third live heart transplant in the state, according to doctors.

The donor, 21-year-old Amit Halpati, was a resident of Halpati Vas in Khaparia village, Navsari district. On July 8, Halpati sustained serious injuries after his motorcycle skidded at Changa village. He was admitted to New Civil Hospital (NCH) in Surat. 

“On July 12, Halpati was declared brain-dead by a team of doctors at NCH and his family members gave their consent to donate his organs,” said Nilesh Mandlewala, director of Donate Life, an NGO working for organ donation in Surat.

“We then contacted the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) and CIMS Hospital to know their requirement. His kidneys, liver and pancreas were accepted by IKDRC, while heart was donated to Anand resident Sohel Vohra who was undergoing treatment at CIMS,” Mandlewala added. 

7:15am: A team of doctors from NCH start for Ahmedabad on a charter plane, carrying Halpati’s heart
7:50am: The live heart reaches CIMS 
8:10am: Halpati’s heart is transplanted into Vohra

Life after death

Kidneys Ritika Bhatt, 42, an Ahmedabad resident, has received one of Halpati’s kidneys 
Hitesh Goyal, 49, a Ghaziabad resident has received the other
Liver Bhautik Patel of Surat
Eyes Donated to NCH

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