Delhi: Heart arrives late but doctors beat the odds

New Delhi, June 16 2018

In a heart transplant, the norm is to perform five complete anastomoses — surgical connections between arteries and veins of the heart — before supplying blood to the heart. But because the doctors were running out of time because the heart arrived five hours and 10 minutes after retrieval from the cadaver donor, they performed two complete anastomoses and two partial ones before opening blood supply.

“The remainder of the connections were created on a perfused, beating heart, which is difficult because the heart is already beating and there is a fair amount of blood coming out of the connections,” Dr Sujay Shad, senior consultant and director of cardiac transplant at SGRH, said. He added the whole process was completed in 50 minutes when usually a transplant takes 90 to 100 minutes.

- Times of India (Read more)

1st Heart Transplant at private hospital

New Delhi: 31st May 2011

"She’ll never be told who the donor is, but Sunita Devi (44) is grateful to the person whose heart is now pumping her blood and keeping her alive. “God bless the family,” said Devi, who underwent heart transplantation on May 17, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, making it the 30th heart transplant in Delhi and the first in a private hospital... 

...Without wasting time, we wheeled her into the operation theatre and by 9pm, the transplant was complete,” said Dr Sujay Shad, director, heart transplant unit, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who led the team that did the surgery."

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NDTV heart transplant featurette

Doctor of the Year Award - 2011

 Dr. Sujay Shad;  Doctor of the year - 2011

Dr. Sujay Shad;  Doctor of the year - 2011

Artificial 'Heart'  beats for 52 year old

New Delhi: June 1st 2012


"For four days, Ravinder Kumar (52) lived without a heart, literally. In order to repair a serious defect in his valves, doctors had to replace the organ — which was too weak to even pump blood — with an artificial device.

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), a machine which mimics the heart's functions, offers a ray of hope to thousands of patients whose hearts are too weak to survive a life-saving surgery and those waiting for heart transplant, say doctors. In western countries like the US, research is on to develop the miniature version of the machine into a mechanical circulatory support device which can permanently replace the natural heart.


"The heart and lung machine, which is commonly used to support organs during cardiac surgeries, also works on the same principle but it can only function for four to six hours. Also, prolonged use can cause severe side-effects which may eventually lead to death due to heavy bleeding. On the other hand, LVADs can pump blood for two weeks or even more thus increasing the window period for doctors to correct the heart defect," said Dr Sujay Shad, senior consultant cardiac surgeon and Director of Cardiac Transplants, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital who conducted the successful surgery."

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Indian doctors save life of Pakistani Student

New Delhi: August 16th 2008

At a time when tensions have flared up again between India and Pakistan, doctors in Delhi have saved the life of a young Pakistani engineering student by conducting a rare cardiac surgery.

A team of 11 doctors and staff at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospitalhas repaired 20-year-old Tayyab Niaz’s mitral valve (that controls the blood flow between the upper and lower chamber of the heart) to save his life.
Doctors said the surgery was “rare, tedious and needs more patience”.

“Tayyab Niaz underwent heart treatment in Pakistan two years back but the mitral valve was ruptured during the medical procedure. Pakistani doctors referred him here and we successfully repaired the damage. Now he is fine and ready to go home,” said Sujay Shad, the lead surgeon who carried out the surgery."

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Green Corridor created for yet another Heart Transplant by Dr. Shad

New Delhi, December 1st 2016

For six months, 57-year-old Girdhar Singh was on a wing and a prayer. On a high priority list for a cadaveric heart for transplant, Singh had been unlucky twice: on the first occasion, the donor's family backed out and, on the second, the donor himself suffered a cardiac arrest.

On Tuesday, Singh got third-time lucky when family members of a 30-year-old accident victim decided to donate his organs. His heart was airlifted from Jaipur to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, allowing cardiac surgeons to give Singh a new lease of life. But not before a green corridor was created from the IGI Airport to the hospital for its transport.

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In a rare surgery, doctors unclog 11-year-old's heart

New Delhi: August 3rd 2010

"In a pathbreaking cardiac surgery, doctors at a city hospital have successfully removed over 20gm of muscle bulge from the outlet of the heart of an 11-year-old boy.

The bulge was obstructing the flow of blood from Ravi Ramola's heart to other parts of the body due to which his physical growth was affected. Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who performed the surgery, said such an obstruction could even lead to sudden heart failure.

According to doctors, the treatment procedure extended septal myectomy applied to remove the muscle bulge in Ravi's case was performed for the first time in India. "In the standard procedure for removal of muscle bulge, the resection is partial. But through this surgery we have been able to completely resect the muscle bulge. Now, Ravi can live a healthy life,'' said Dr Sujay Shad, senior consultant cardiac surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where Ravi was referred from a hospital in his hometown in Uttarakhand."

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Three operations combined into one

New Delhi: March 12th 2014

A 61 year old heart failure patient when investigated at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, New Delhi, was found to have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) , a life threatening and extreemly difficult disease to treat. On further investigation he was diagnosed with not one, but three major life threatening conditions. In addition to the large blood clot in the vessels that supply the right lung (CTEPH), a leaky mitral valve (one of the two in the heart) and a blocked artery that normally supplies the left side of the heart, was also found.

“This modern treatment for CTEPH is inherently complex – not just the operation but the entire recovery process is fraught with danger, we are one of the only centers in the northern part of the country capable of performing it; and then on top of that, we had to do a mitral valve replacement and a bypass surgery all at the same time.” – Dr. Sujay Shad

The surgery was performed on the 28th Feb 2014, and the 7 hour long operation went smoothly, without the need for transfusing even a single unit of blood. 

- Navbharat Times (Read more)

Surgery saves man with rare genetic defect

New Delhi: April 29th 2012

Arvind Tomar used to receive compliments for his good height and sharp features. Tomar (29) is six feet and two inches tall, his limbs have always been large, and there is an unusual flexibility of joints, unlike his siblings. However, he started to experience palpitations and breathlessness recently, and was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome-a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissues that affects organ systems throughout the body. It impacts the heart, eyes, lungs, blood vessels as well as the nervous system.

Tomar could be saved thanks to a recent surgery by doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. "Not just limbs, even his heart was bigger in size. The aorta, which is the main blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the body, was on the verge of getting ruptured. A nine-hour-long surgery, which involved removal of the aortic aneurysm and the heart valve and replacing it with a graft, was conducted," said Dr Sujay Shad, senior cardiac surgeon.  

 -Times of India (Read More)