Sunday November 18, 2018

Odisha youth’s life saved by heart ‘flown’ from Indore to Mumbai in 116 minutes

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Mumbai: A 22-year-old cardiac patient from Odisha could not thank his stars enough. Officials told that within just 116 minutes, the patient was able to receive a donated heart when it was “flown” from Indore to Mumbai on Saturday, all thanks to the precise and meticulous planning by various private and government agencies.

The heart was harvested from a 20-year old Indore boy who was brain-dead after he suffered severe trauma (head injuries) in a road accident and transplanted in the youth from Odisha who was awaiting a donor heart at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, in northeast Mumbai.

The live heart was retrieved by Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team of the hospital from the brain-dead donor at Choitaram Hospital in Indore this afternoon. The heart commenced its journey from the Choitaram Hospital at 12.20 pm to reach Indore Airport at 12.43 pm, moved to a waiting Jet Airways flight which departed after 12 minutes, and landed in Mumbai at 1.53 pm.

An ambulance awaited the heart and passed through a special Green Corridor route laid from the airport to the hospital in Mulund – covering the total 546 km in just 116 minutes (one hour 56 minutes) flat, a hospital spokesperson said.

It was moved straight to the Fortis Hospital operation theatre where Mulay and his team completed the transplant successfully later this evening.

This was the 12th successful heart transplant at the hospital since the first one in August 2015, and the patient is stable and will be under observation in the ICU for the next 2-3 days, he said.

“These success stories stand as a strong testimony that patients with end-stage heart failure now have hope. I appreciate the courage the donor’s kin have showed today, they helped save another young life,” Mulay said.

He also thanked the ZTCC Mumbai’s Sujata Patwardhan, Indore District Commissioner Sanjay Dubey, medical teams at Indore’s Choitaram Hospital and MCM Hospital, Muskaan Trust Mumbai and Jet Airways and other staffers for their help and collaboration which gave a successful new lease of life to a young patient. (IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)