The heart of a 15-year-old boy Vishal who was declared brain-dead at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has given life to a 27-year-old woman named Sandhya suffering from a rare disease.
After his family's consent, Vishal's heart was airlifted from Thiruvananthapuram by an Indian Navy Dornier aircraft.
Accordingly, four doctors of Lisie Hospital were airlifted by an IN Dornier from INS Garuda to Thiruvananthapuram at 6.30 am today.
The medical team along with the harvested heart returned to INS Garuda, Kochi around 1 pm and recipient Sandhya, 27, was operated upon by a 10-member team of doctors led by Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram.
The condition of Sandhya was stated to be stable and she would be put on the ventilator for 48 hours. She will be under observation in the ICU for a week and discharged after a month.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan intervened to arrange the Naval air ambulance to transport the organs to ensure that they reach the recipients in time.
While Vishal's heart was brought to Kochi, his kidneys were donated to two patients at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
Vishal was a student of St Thomas' School in Thiruvananthapuram. He was admitted to Thiruvananthapur Medical College Hospital after he was hit by a car when he was walking back home from school. Though a neuro-surgery was conducted on him, he was declared brain-dead by 4.30 pm on Monday.
With his untimely death, the victim's father Satheesh said, "he would live through his donated organs".