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23-year-old Arshad Gets New Life Via Heart Transplant at Manipal Hospital

November 21, 2019

Manipal Hospitals Bangalore surgically operated a trailblazing heart transplant
to give a spark new of life to 23-year-old, Arshad who was identified with a
congenital heart defect at the age of three. The surgery was executed by Dr.
Devananda
 along with a multi-disciplinary team of doctors i.e Dr. Murali
Krishna
Dr. Lalchand Bandagi and Dr. Ramesh who hung tough to save the
life of young Arshad.
Arshad was born with a grave and exceptional heart condition known as
Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA), which occurs in 3 percent of all
congenital heart defects, and about two-thirds of the cases are related with boys.
In TGA, two main arteries carrying blood from the heart to the lungs and body
are not connected as they should be and are in reversed position. Ideally, such
children need corrective surgery within the first 6 weeks of life. However, in his
case, it remained undetected until he attained the age of 3 years. Hence, he was
put through a palliative Operative at Chennai. Due to unfortunate complications,
he developed viral Infection of the heart making his left ventricle (main
pumping chamber) weak which made many surgeons refuse to perform further
palliative surgeries.
Speaking about the case, Dr. Devananda N S, said, “Arshad has been
consulting with us from 2011 when he was just 14 years old. He had severe
infection coupled with difficulties due to which the left side of his heart was
weak. After crucial examination, we decided to perform the modification of
Sennings Operation. As the right ventricle was executing better, we decided to
increase the load on the Right Ventricle. After the surgery, his right ventricle
started pumping blood to the aorta with which the condition of the patient
improved but we were not sure for how long he could sustain.”

The operation brought the benefit and the patient was vigorous in health and
enhanced in academics too. He was in pink of his health and savored cycling as
well. After completing his schooling and PUC, he embarked on his Engineering
studies. However, during his re-examination visit to the Hospital, Dr.
Devananda observed that Arshad’s heart was deteriorating. Further

investigations and medical reports confirmed his doubts. It was decided that a
heart transplant was the only viable option.

Speaking after the success of Heart transplant, Dr. Devananda N S, said “The
task of operating on a boy who has already undergone two surgeries earlier
was quite challenging. This was an emotional journey for the team as we have
been associated with the case for 8 long years. However, a multidisciplinary
approach, proper planning for the transplant and a focused and dedicated team
effort paved the way for a successful heart transplant. In fact, we had to reverse
various procedures that were done previously and to many modifications to fit
the normal heart. Sincere efforts put in by our doctors, reliable and expert
nursing staff, anesthetists gave new lease of life to the boy and he has been
discharged on 10th-day post the surgery and was administered
Immunosuppression medicine and has recovered well.”

Sharing his experience, Arshad said, “I have no words to thank Dr.
Devananda
and the entire team of Manipal Hospitals who have been rock-solid
support to me and my family. Ever since I was 14-year-old, they have been
taking care of me. I am feeling quite healthy and have resumed a normal
routine. My heartfelt gratitude to Manipal Hospitals and most importantly to
the donor’s family who has given me a new lease of life. I would like to take this
opportunity and highlight the need and importance of Organ Donation and urge
people to come forward without hesitation and pledge for this Nobel cause.”

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