Successful and Rare Lung Transplant gives a new lease of life to 34-year-old patient at Fortis Vadapalani

Successful and Rare Lung Transplant gives a new lease of life to 34-year-old patient at Fortis Vadapalani
-First Lung Transplant held at Fortis Vadapalani-


-The patient suffered from multiple co-morbidities: Low BMI, Small chest cavity and multiple
chest tube insertions to both sides of the lungs which posed significant challenges to the medical
-Surgery lasted for seven hours surgery-
Chennai, Oct 28, 2021: A Team of doctors led by Dr. Govini Balasubramani at Fortis Hospital
Vadapalani, successfully performed a rare lung transplant earlier this month on a 34-year-old
male. The rare and challenging surgery lasted for 7 hours where both lungs were successfully
transplanted to the patient in spite of the multiple health challenges such as small chest cavity,
multiple chest tube insertions on the sides of the lungs and low BMI.
The 34-year-old patient from Punjab was presented at Fortis Hospital, Vadapalani, with a rare
familial Interstitial Lung Disease (A group of disorders that cause progressive scarring of lung
tissue that occurs in one of every one lakh population). The family of the patient had already
lost two of its members because of familial ILD. The patient’s Low BMI was the biggest
challenge as it was less than the required range for organ transplantation. The average BMI for
organ transplant should be 18-32 for the transplant to be successful. The patient was
dependent on oxygen support for his survival since past two years and had been in the waiting
list of NOTTO for 8 months. The wait for the suitable lung came to an end, post a donor from
Madurai. The 29-year-old donor met with a fatal accident and declared brain dead by the
hospital at Madurai while he was on ventilator support.
Elaborating on the rare surgery Dr. Govini Balasubramani, Head, CTVS, Heart and Lung
Transplant, Fortis Hospital, Vadapalani, said, “The patient was surviving on oxygen support
since past two years and used to consume 12 liters per minute of oxygen in a day. He wasn’t
able to step out of his home without oxygen support. He was suffering from multiple
comorbidities which made the transplant difficult and challenging. Generally, for his age and
height, his BMI should have been 25. Additionally, identifying the correct size of lungs as he had
a small chest cavity was a tedious task. Transplantation on patients with low and high BMI
might not be a success as there are chances of organ rejection. After his admission at Fortis, we
prepared him for the transplant by giving the right nutritional diet, physiotherapy, and altering
the medication for his body condition.
Speaking on the clinical achievement, Dr. Sanjay Pandey, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital,
Vadapalani, said, “I congratulate the doctor’s team at Fortis Vadapalani for successfully

conducting the first lung transplant within an year of the hospital’s launch. This was possible
because of the multidisciplinary approach by team of doctors, including Dr. Govini
Balasubramani, Dr. Sindhura Koganti – Transplant Pulmonologist, Dr. Manohar – Critical care and
Anesthesiologist, a team of doctors, infection care team, dieticians, and nurses who worked in
close coordination and gave a new lease of life to a young patient.”
About Fortis Hospital, Vadapalani
Fortis Hospital, Vadapalani is the second facility within Chennai from the country’s fastest growing healthcare
group – Fortis Healthcare and centrally located in the bustling epicenter of Arcot Road, Vadapalani. This 250 bed
multi super-specialty, quaternary care hospital is geared up to cater to the city of Chennai for full spectrum of
specialties including Cardiology, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Pulmonology, Neurology, Urology, Diabetology,
Orthopedics & Spine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, General Surgery, and other support specialties.