A new lease of life for two-year-old Russian baby, Gleb, who's recovering well after a heart transplant in Chennai. His heart developed pumping problems when he was just a year old, due to a condition called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. Now, a new heart beats in him, thanks to the heart of a brain-dead baby in Bangalore, whose parents donated the heart for transplant in December.
Nelli Kudriavtceva, Gleb's mother, is happy. With a smile on her face she says, "It was very difficult before the surgery but now the child is completely different. He's playful and happy. I do want to come to India frequently. India has become a second home for us now."
It was a first-of-its-kind inter-state organ transplant in Tamil Nadu, which has already emerged as the country's capital for organ transplants. The harvested heart from Bangalore was brought to the Chennai hospital in a record 90 minutes.
An air ambulance in Bangalore and green corridors by the police in both cities made this possible.
In India alone 70,000 lives could be saved by organ donation, even if 10 organ donations take place for every million of the population. Gleb's is an inspiring success story many believe could promote the cause.