Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant in Kandy Hospital

Sri Lanka’s first heart transplant surgery had been successfully performed at the Kandy General Hospital, the Health Ministry said today.

“A heart of a 24 year-old donor was transplanted to a 34-year-old woman, whose heart was 12 percent nonoperational,” Director of the Kandy Hospital Dr. Saman Ratnayake said.

He said two the kidneys of the donor too were transplanted to two patients. He said both the heart and the kidney recipients were under the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Kandy GH.

“The health condition of the patients is stable and the doctors are monitoring the situation,” Dr. Ratnayake said.

Heath Ministry said specialists from the hospitals in Kandy, Peradeniya, Anuradhapura, Borella Lady Ridgeway and Welisara Chest Hospital joined in the surgeries for the transplant.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had also phoned and appreciated the doctors, who successfully performed the surgery.(Darshana Sanjeewa).

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