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Gleneagles Global Hospitals sets the Record for the Longest Distance haul of donated Lungs in India

~Dr. Sandeep Attawar and his team of transplant surgeons successfully transplanted the lung to a patient who was suffering from an end stage lung disease ~

Gleneagles Global Health City, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals, a Parkway Pantai enterprise,today shattered yet another record for the longest distance haul for donate organs in India. Gleneagles Global Health City’s organ retrieval team, led by Dr Govini Balasubramani, Senior Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon, immediately rushed to Pune and the initial assessment found the lung to be suitable for an ailing patient at their facility in Chennai. One of the lungs was harvested, by the thoracic organ transplant team at 1:30 am this morning (17th August 2017) and was rushed to the Pune airport by road. The flight carrying the organs and the transplant team landed at 4:30 am in the Chennai international airport, under an overcast sky. The organ reached Gleneagles Global Health City in Perumbakkamin less than 15 minutes.Dr Sandeep AttawarProgram Director and Chair Cardiac Surgeries, Thoracic Organ Transplant, Gleneagles Global Hospitals and his team of transplant surgeons successfully transplanted the lung to the patient who was suffering from and end stage lung disease.

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A 22 year old young lady me with a road traffic accident and sustained severe head injury in Pune, Maharashtra on 16th August 2017 (Wednesday). She was rushed to the Ruby Hall Clinic at Pune for emergency treatment. However the patient was declared ‘brain dead’ on the same day by the doctors in the hospital. This gave a rare opportunity for her to save the lives of other patients who were suffering from end-stage organ failure. The family members of the brain dead young woman, even at the hour of extreme grief, magnanimously came forward to donate her organs, so that others can live and she too will continue to exist in this world by giving life to them.One such patient was admitted at the Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, with an Interstitial Lung Disease. She was on artificial oxygen support and was awaiting her chance for a donor lung for transplantation.

Dr Sandeep AttawarProgram Director and Chair Cardiac Surgeries, Thoracic Organ Transplant, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said,“The transplant co-ordination team at Gleneagles Global Health City received an alert about the availability of a suitable donor in Pune, through the TRANSTAN, the apex body that governs Organ transplantations in Tamilnadu. The distance is definitely a challenge to any logistics team in the world.  However, I had full confidence in our team at Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai that has ample experience in handling long distance hauls of donated organs. In fact they have set a national record by transporting a beating heart from Delhi to Chennai (2184 kms to be precise), in March early this year”.

It is notable that this organ would have become unusable, if this effort had not been made and the patient waiting here in Chennai would have been forced to wait furthermore for a suitable donor. However this mammoth task has been accomplished using only available public transport services, by some frugal logistics planning and perseverance of the transplant co-ordination team at Gleneagles Global Hospitals.

“Long distance haul of donated organs have been commonplace in many of the developed nations in the Western Hemisphere. However transporting an organ this far a distance takes immense expertise and experience, apart from innumerable clearances from several Government and private bodies, which include District Collectorates, Police departments, Fire and Rescue departments, Revenue Departments, PWD departments and the Aviation department.”said, Mr. Ramesh Krishnan, ChiefExecutive Officer, India Operations Division, Parkway Pantai Limited. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bodies that played a part in making this possible and giving a young girl another opportunity to pursue her life” added Mr. Ramesh.

Gleneagles Global Hospitals, a Parkway Pantai Enterprise:

Gleneagles Global Hospitals is part of Parkway Pantai, a fully owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare. In India, Gleneagles Global Hospitals operates a chain of multi-super specialty hospitals offering tertiary and quaternary healthcare services with over 2,000 beds and state-of the-art, world-class hospitals in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. A pioneer in kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants, Gleneagles Global Hospitals provides comprehensive multi-organ transplant services in the country.

Gleneagles Global Hospitals aims to strengthen and expand its leading market position as a destination for multi-organ transplant for patients from India, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. We are committed to further our aspiration of making quality health care more accessible to all.

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