The success story of Marengo CIMS Hospital Ahmedabad
Details of the Bilateral Lung Transplantation:
Patient Name: Ahmad Ahmad
Reason to be in India: Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
Current Status: Ready to be discharged to his native country, Syria
Cost of Procedure/Surgery: approximately INR 35 Lakhs
The recovery of Gujarat’s first-ever bilateral Lung transplant patient and bids him goodbye before his travel back to his home nation, Syria.
- The hospital’s extensive lung transplant programme, the pinnacle of clinical expertise in India, aspires to raise the bar for healthcare.
- This was Gujarat’s first-ever bi-lateral lung transplant, and the patient meets with the media to describe his hospital experience.
- The Marengo CIMS Hospital in Ahmedabad is a popular location for organ transplants in the country’s west.
After passing all of his tests and being cleared to travel, the recipient of Gujarat’s first bilateral lung transplant is prepared to depart for his own country. Ahmad, a 41-year-old Syrian who had been bedridden for more than three months due to lung fibrosis and interstitial lung disease, underwent the transplant procedure in January of this year. Dr. Kumud Dhital, Programme Director for Lung Transplantation, served as the team leader for the lung transplant team that was assembled using the combined expertise of Marengo Asia Hospitals, CIMS, and Faridabad. Dr. Dhital received assistance from his team at Marengo Hospital in Faridabad, Haryana, which included Mr. Praveen Das, Chief Perfusionist, Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Director of Anaesthesia & Critical Care, CTVS and Heart & Lung Transplant, and Dr. Dhiren Shah, Director of CTVS and Heart & Lung Transplantation, Dr. Pranav Modi, Consultant Thoracic & Lung Transplant Surgeon, and Dr. Daval Nai
Dr. Kumud Dhital, Dr. Dhiren Shah, Dr. Keyur Parikh, Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Dr. Kapil Iyer, Dr. Amit Patel, and Mr. Gaurav Rekhi, Regional Director- Gujarat and Rajasthan, spoke to the media and answered questions.
He needed a lengthy hospital stay due to his immobility and generalised weakness and was released 7 weeks after the procedure. According to protocol, the patient had to stay in Ahmedabad for at least 3 months after surgery in order to adhere to a strict post-discharge schedule of rehabilitation, medical surveillance for infection and rejection, and the time required for him to get used to his new lifestyle and ongoing medications. Ahmad is now prepared to return to his country of origin.
“Ahmad was first referred to me in July of 2022 with advanced lung failure due to Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), by a personal friend from France who was then in charge of a lung transplant programme in the Middle East,” says Dr. Kumud Dhital, Programme Director Lung Transplantation, Marengo Asia Hospitals. He believed that Ahmad would have a higher chance of getting a lung transplant quickly in India. ILD, formerly known as pulmonary fibrosis, is characterised by scar tissue that gradually and permanently replaces healthy lungs. It often begins with symptoms of shortness during physical exercise, exhaustion, and coughing before progressing to full-time oxygen need and gradual immobility. The causes are multifaceted and include factors including genetic, autoimmune, exposure to birds or dangerous materials, and more. Annual reports of cases in India total almost one million. Following this landmark case, frequent referrals for lung transplant evaluation have significantly increased in Ahmedabad. It has been an honour to guide this sizable team of collaborators. I want to express my gratitude to the critical care nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, and other associated staff members in addition to my clinical colleagues for their unwavering commitment to their jobs. The tremendous increase in the quality of life of people who have received successful lung transplantation, as in Ahmad’s case, is incredibly gratifying. Ahmad is almost fully recovered and will keep getting better. I wish him a safe return to his family and look forward to playing with his little children once more.
If a candidate is referred to a lung transplant centre as soon as possible, they have a better chance of a better outcome and longer-term survival after transplantation. Lung transplantation is a highly complex but proven therapy for chosen patients for whom medical therapy is no longer effective.
“With the success of the heart transplant Programme, where we performed 40 heart transplants, we were equipped with a senior team for the Lung Transplant Programme launch to position ourselves as an emerging centre of excellence for organ transplants,” says Dr. Dhiren Shah, Director & HOD Heart Transplant Programme, Marengo CIMS Hospital. Clinical excellence must be at an extremely high level for the Lung Transplant Programme. With the first-ever bilateral lung transplant in Gujarat having been successful, we are prepared to work as a team to achieve multiple milestones and change the face of healthcare. For individuals with severe lung disorders such ILD, COPD, and pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation is their only option. Even with medical treatment, some illnesses continue to get worse. One of the main causes of late detection—practically at the final stage—is ignorance. We anticipate that the Lung Transplant Programme at Marengo CIMS Hospital’s success will encourage early referrals for lung transplants, saving an increasing number of lives.
The chairman of Marengo CIMS Hospital, Dr. Keyur Parikh, states that lung transplants are among the most difficult and complicated procedures in the ecology of organ transplants. With the confirmed success of the first bilateral lung transplant in Gujarat, we have not only achieved a significant milestone but also set a high standard for medical treatment. We have once again demonstrated the great clinical competence and the global expertise our surgeons and specialists possess by establishing ourselves as one of the top hospitals in western India for organ transplants.
Every life matters, and every minute counts, according to Dr Raajiv Singhal, managing director and group CEO of Marengo Asia Hospitals. This groundbreaking achievement will open the door for many more successful and cutting-edge procedures to reaffirm Marengo CIMS Hospital as the top destination for those in need of lung transplants. It is the first lung transplant to ever take place in Gujarat and the first successful bilateral lung transplantation in Ahmedabad. We have developed into a reputable healthcare centre by working with the greatest lung transplant specialists team in India. This sets yet another standard for the creative and effective provision of high-quality healthcare. We want to be recognised as a pioneer in organ transplantation, offering superior clinical care from around the world.
Regarding the Marengo CIMS Hospital:
The 480-bed CIMS Marengo Asia Network Hospital is a cutting-edge, patient-centred “Green Hospital” that offers a variety of outpatient and inpatient preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatments. The hospital offers top-notch care and top-notch healthcare services for the majority of illnesses and medical issues, with one of India’s greatest success rates. The Joint Commission International (USA), the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers, and the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories have all granted CIMS Hospital accreditation for providing the highest standards of international healthcare throughout India.
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