Dr. Ajay Kaul
Chairman & HOD
BLK Heart Centre
BLK Super Speciality
“The 28 year old IAS
aspirant was admitted
with complaints of
difficulty in performing
daily routine activities.
The donor was a perfect
match for the recipient as
their age, body built and
haemo-dynamics were the
Dr. Sushant Srivastava
Director & Sr. Consultant
Cardio Thoracic and
Vascular Surgery (CTVS)
BLK Heart Centre
A Braveheart For The Aspiring
An epic maiden Heart Transplant done in
BLK Super Speciality Hospital
The army jawans protect us and save our lives. In this heroic tale, an
army jawan saved a life of a young IAS aspirant even in his death.
Here's a heart-rending case of life-in-death.
Meeting an unfortunate death while on vacation in his hometown of
Saharanpur, the jawan was rushed to a Delhi based hospital where he
was declared brain dead. The family, keeping his courage in mind,
agreed to donate his organs. On the other side was a young man
suffering with an end-stage heart disease, fighting the odds and on the
verge of giving up.
The 28-year-old recipient, Harmender was admitted to BLK Super
Speciality Hospital on 5th March, 2017 with complaints of difficulty in
performing routine daily activities described as heart failure stage D.
Post investigations, it was diagnosed that he had severe left
ventricular dysfunction, both of his valves aortic and mitral were
incompetent and leaking. His heart was highly dilated with very poor
pumping and the only option for survival was a Heart Transplant.
The heart (of the deceased army man) was transported from a city
based hospital to BLK Super Speciality Hospital in a record 8 minutes
after Delhi Traffic Police yet again created a green corridor for the
same. The family of the deceased had given consent for a cadaver
donation after the man was declared brain dead on arrival in the
hospital. Timely information from NOTTO helped save the young man
in first attempt after he applied for Heart Transplant.
The 4 hour long surgery started at around 2.35 am and lasted till 6.30 am.
Dr. Ajay Kaul supported by his team - Dr. Sushant Srivastava in CTVS,
Dr. Subhash Chandra and Dr. Neeraj Bhalla, Dr. Dheeraj Gandotra, in
Cardiology, Dr. Jasbir Khanuja, Dr. Sameer Saurabh Arora, Dr. Gagan
Pal Singh in Cardiac Anaesthesia, Kanwalpreet Kaur, Transplant
Coordinator and Gaurav Sharma, Manager- BLK Heart Centre, helped
perform the mammoth Heart Transplant surgery successfully.
With a tiger-heart pumping inside him, Harmender has now recovered
well and hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming a civil servant. He aspires
to accomplish a lot of things in the years to come. However, one of the most
important task for him at the moment is to spend quality-time with his