The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) did its 50th heart transplant on October 28, 22 years after India’s first transplantation was done here in 1994.
The pace picked up this year, as 13 of the 50 transplantations were done this year.
“Thirteen is the highest number performed in a year and 2016 hasn’t ended yet. Awareness among people, coordination among doctors and crucial help from state officials, police and airport authorities are key factors,” said Dr MC Misra, director of AIIMS.
A 42-year-old man, who was operated a day before Diwali, received the heart of a 35-year-old road traffic accident victim who died at the hospital’s Trauma Centre.
AIIMS has done the highest number of transplantations in a public hospital. Fortis Malar in Chennai has done 122 transplantations, the highest in India.
“There have been only almost 60 heart transplants in government hospitals – 50 at AIIMS, four at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, three at Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi and two at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh,” said Dr Balram Airan, chief of Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at AIIMS.