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Surat's gift to drought-hit Latur: Farmer's son undergoes successful heart transplant
Yesterday was a great day for the drought-hit city Latur, as it received 5 lakh litres of water through a train and also a 16-year-old boy from the same city got a new lease of life, as he received a donor heart.

With the joint efforts of Government and the hospital authorities, yesterday a heart was transported from Surat to Mumbai and then transplanted successfully on a teenager in nearly 60 minutes. 

A green corridor was swiftly laid by Airport and traffic authorities of both cities between Surat and Mumbai for the transportation of the organ. 

The heart reached Surat airport at 12:48 am, 10 minutes after leaving the hospital. In just five minutes, the ground procedures were done and then, after 34 minutes, the ambulance landed in Mumbai. The Mumbai ATC that was kept in loop gave priority landing to the aircraft keeping 12 flights on hold and in three minutes, the organ departed from the airport to the hospital situated in Mulund.

16-year-old Rahul Karad, son of a drought-affected farmer in Latur had to leave his studies as he was diagnosed with dilated Cardiomyopathy, which is an end stage heart disease. Yesterday the family of Rahul got a ray of hope, as they received the news that a family of a 22-year-old brain dead boy admitted to Mahavir Hospital in Surat has had agreed to donate his heart.

Jyotioram Karad, father of Rahul said, "Almost a year after being diagnosed with the disease, we kept running around different hospitals for his treatment. In September, doctors from Sir JJ Hospital offered some treatment but six months later my son's condition deteriorated. When we came back to Mumbai doctors suggested that transplant was the only option. Then JJ hospital directed us to Fortis hospital."

The operation took place in Fortis hospital, and the hospital authorities even managed to arrange the entire cost of the transplant amounting to Rs 25 lakh with the help of philanthropists and trusts. Sources at the hospital said that post operation, philanthropists are also keen in taking care the post-operative medicines for a year which will cost around Rs 30,000 per month.

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