SPARSH Hospitals partner with MGM Healthcare to offer heart and lung failure management, Health News, ET HealthWorld
Bengaluru, 30th September 2022: SPARSH Group of Hospitals has partnered with MGM HealthcareChennai, 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.
An estimated 5 lakh Indians die each year waiting for organ transplants. A report by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) 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 percent 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 Center has been designed to address the gaps that exist in organ transplant and the management of organ failure. Over the last several years, SPARSH has been undertaking pioneering work in the areas of Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas in Karnataka. With this collaboration with India’s Largest 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.
In the event of availability of organs, a team of heart & lung transplant experts from MGM Healthcare will carry out the procedure at the state-of-the-art SPARSH Multi Organ Transplant Center at Mysore Road, Bangalore. SPARSH will provide the necessary pre-operative transplant work-up.
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. Dr. Balakrishnan has a record of completing over 503 heart and lung transplants and he has performed over 16,000 cardiac surgeries for various types of heart diseases and disorders.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharan Shivaraj Patil, Chairman, SPARSH Hospital, said, “We are happy to partner with MGM Healthcare, Chennai to offer a comprehensive and state-of-the-art heart and lung transplant program 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.”