By K Ashwin Mobile: 09920183006 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart failure is a major medical concern across the world and affects more than 26 million people worldwide. In Asia, its prevalence ranges between 1.3% and 6.7%, higher than the western countries. The patient condition can be improved by heart transplant but the organ donation scenario continues to be dismal. In India, out of the 80,000 potential donors, organs from only about 100 are retrieved. In Delhi-NCR, only one heart donation was reported in 2012, none in 2013 and just two in 2014, making a total of mere 3 heart donations in 3 years.
7-year old Aayana(name changed) from Tashkant, Uzbekistan, was battling with Viral Myocarditis lead to end stage heart failure since 2-years of age. As a result, there was severe water retention and her liver was enlarged with severe disbalance of functions. She was being managed conservatively in her country but when the conditions were overboard, her family consulted Dr. Kewal Krishan at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket. Aayana(name changed) had swelling all over her body owning to water retention and an extremely enlarged heart. She was breathless even at resting body position and was also diagnosed with gross heart failure. As a result, she was stabilised with inotropes and was advised a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). Now, Aayana(name changed)is the youngest recipient of LVAD in the Asia-Pacific region.