The doctors at Frontier Lifeline hospital in Chennai successfully conducted India's first re-do transplant on 36-year-old Reena Raju. The second heart transplant came 8 years after the first heart transplant which was conducted in 2009. Reena was suffering from a viral infection that affected her heart and led to critical heart muscle dysfunction.
In 2009, she underwent a heart transplant surgery at Frontier Lifeline hospital. Reena Raju has represented India in 100 m sprint and mixed doubles badminton after her first heart transplant Spain in June 2017.
A few months back, she experienced sudden deterioration and was diagnosed with Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy and she was immediately rushed to hospital in unstable condition.
She lost her consciousness and put on a ventilator/intra-aortic balloon pump and ECMO support for urgent repeat heart transplant.
On 23 September, ahead of the World Heart Day, heart transplant surgery was performed again and she is recovering well.
This case was the first cardiac allograft Vasculopathy after 8 years of the first heart transplant performed in India.