Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant

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Health condition of patients stable

 

By Darshana Sanjeewa

The health condition of the Sri Lanka’s first patient to receive another person’s heart, was stable and the doctors who performed the transplant surgery were monitoring the situation, Director of the Kandy Hospital Dr. Saman Ratnayake said.

Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant surgery was successfully performed at the Kandy General Hospital on Friday.

“A heart of a 24 year-old donor who was declared brain-dead was transplanted on a 34-year-old woman, whose heart was 12 percent non-operational,” Director of the Kandy Hospital Dr. Saman Ratnayake said.

He said the two kidneys of the same donor too were transplanted to another two patients. He said both the heart and the kidney recipients were under the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Kandy GH.

A heart of a 24 year-old donor who was declared brain-dead was transplanted on a 34-year-old woman, whose heart was 12 percent non-operational

“The health condition of the patients is stable and the doctors are monitoring the situation,” Dr. Ratnayake said.

Health Ministry said specialists from the hospitals in Kandy, Peradeniya, Anuradhapura, Borella Lady Ridgeway and Welisara Chest Hospital joined in the surgeries for the transplant.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had also phoned and appreciated the doctors, who successfully performed 
the surgery.