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Fortis Escorts applies expertise to save Pakistani patient's life

Updated: Sep 19, 2016 16:15 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.19 (ANI): Fortis Escorts Heart Institute exhibited yet again the level of skill and expertise the doctors are equipped with in operating a patient from Pakistan in a life-saving effort. The team was led by Dr. Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.

Zafar Khan, 61 years of age, hails from Peshawar in Pakistan. He has had a stent procedure conducted seven years ago and a year ago his kidneys had deteriorated very badly. He was advised a kidney transplant. Tests were conducted to determine his medical condition and they revealed that not only was his heart very weak and functioning to only 15 - 16 % of its capacity. it was also considered appropriate by all doctors to first treat the heart condition and consider the kidney transplant only later.

Several rounds to multiple hospitals in Pakistan led to no positive outcome as all the hospitals turned Zafar Khan away on the basis that none of them were equipped to treat him due to lack of skill and clinical excellence. He was advised implantation of a CRT in Pakistan, however, but his sons could not find any healthcare provider ready to take the challenge of their father. Hence, his sons decided to bring him to India. Several rounds to 5 - 6 hospitals in Delhi also did not yield much due to his critical condition of his father requiring much expertise of the implantation of the CRT. On the advice of a friend, Zafar Khan was brought to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. With an implant of the CRT, it was a successful attempt to have Zafar Khan lead a better life and hoping for an extended lease of life.

Dr. Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, "Zafar Khan was brought to our hospital in a critical condition. Considering a CRT implantation in such patients can be extremely challenging. It required extra precautions and multi-disciplinary team of nephrologists, Dr. Narula and a critical care team to help us do the procedures successfully in such a sick patient. With the implant of the CRT we are hoping Zafar Khan should be able to live better and longer."

Dr. Somesh Mittal, Zonal Director, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, "The Fortis Escorts Heart Institute doctors have repeatedly conducted life-saving procedures that have been challenging to others and patients have been turned away. By treating such cases, we are living up to our reputation of being the Number 1 Cardiac care centre in the country. We continue to secure our position globally as well through continuous efforts of treating patients where other healthcare providers have given up."

The patient's son, Ibrahim tearfully thanked the doctors, "I was so dejected when we got repeated refusals from doctors in Pakistan and India that our father's heart was beyond treatment. The moment I met Dr. Aparna Jaswal and she explained how my father could be treated for his cardiac condition, I felt I had reached my destination. I have to admit that my family is in no doubt on why Fortis Escorts Heart Institute is so sought after for cardiac solutions. We are very thankful to Dr. Jaswal and her team for giving our father a new lease of life despite our father being so sick. The entire procedure was seamless and without any complications." (ANI)