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SPARSH Hospitals Partner With MGM Healthcare, To Offer Heart, Lung Transplant

An estimated 5 lakh Indians die each year waiting for organ transplants. A report by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation) suggests that close to 50,000 people suffer from heart failure in India each year, yet only 10 to 15 heart transplants are undertaken annually

SPARSH Group of Hospitals has partnered with MGM Healthcare, Chennai, a quaternary care super-specialty hospital, to establish a heart and lung failure management and transplant program in Bengaluru. As a part of the initiative, SPARSH in association with MGM Healthcare will offer a comprehensive transplant program covering heart and lung transplants, the hospital said in a statement.

An estimated 5 lakh Indians die each year waiting for organ transplants. A report by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation) suggests that close to 50,000 people suffer from heart failure in India each year, yet only 10 to 15 heart transplants are undertaken annually.

The deceased organ donation rate in India at less than 1 per cent per million population, is a major handicap and translates to less than one person per million opting to donate their organs. Superstitions and stigma, lack of transplant coordinators, and lack of required infrastructure for certifying and maintaining brain-dead patients are the reasons behind the low donation numbers in India. While the lack of organ donation is one side of the story, another aspect is the absence of required processes, qualified professionals, and necessary hospital infrastructure facilities.  

SPARSH Multi-Organ Transplant Centre has been designed to address the gaps that exist in organ transplant and the management of organ failure. With this collaboration the Heart and Lung Transplant Team at MGM Healthcare, Chennai, SPARSH will now provide heart and lung transplants for patients with end-stage heart and lung failure, the statement further stated.

In the event of availability of organs, a team of heart & lung transplant experts from MGM Healthcare will carry out the procedure at the SPARSH Multi Organ Transplant Centre at Mysore Road, Bangalore. SPARSH will provide the necessary pre-operative transplant work-up, the statement added.

MGM Healthcare’s heart and lung transplant team is led by Dr. KR Balakrishnan, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and heart-lung transplant specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field, the hospital said.

“We are happy to partner with MGM Healthcare, Chennai to offer a comprehensive and state-of-the-art heart and lung transplant programme for the people of Karnataka. Dr. KR Balakrishnan is a leader in the field of heart and lung transplantation. His expertise and in-depth understanding of the intricacies of heart and lung transplant will allow us to build a transplant program in the shortest time, and offer the best of care for our patients,” said Dr Sharan Shivaraj Patil, Chairman, SPARSH Hospital. 

“At SPARSH Hospital, our aim is to increase the overall organ transplant numbers in Karnataka by significantly improving the utilization of organs. With our infrastructure, skilled paramedics, and critical care support along with MGM Healthcare’s experienced multidisciplinary team of experts, we want to mitigate the gaps in organ transplants in Karnataka”, Dr. Sharan added.   

“Heart failure is a condition where the heart has to work much harder to pump blood and meet the body’s needs. If identified early, there is a much better chance of treating the condition. Heart transplant for end-stage heart failure has shown tremendous success. At MGM Healthcare, we have seen many stories of long-term survivorship and improved quality of life post transplant. Through this partnership with SPARSH, we want to impact many more lives and emphasize the positive impact it can have” said Dr R Ravi Kumar, Sr.Consultant & Associate Clinical Lead - Cardiology & Heart Failure Program, MGM Healthcare.



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