Surgeon of Nepali origin nominated for Pride of Australian Medal for his heart breakthrough

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Published on
Wednesday October 3, 2018

Kumud Dhital, an Australian-based surgeon of Nepali origin, has been nominated for the Pride of Australian medal for the breakthrough he made in the field of heart transplants.

Australian based media have published the report about Dr. Dhital’s nomination for the medal.

“St Vincent’s surgeon Dr. Dhital was the first to make a dead heart beat again, transport it to hospital and successfully transplant it. He is also Associated Professor St vincent’s Hospital Sydne.

Now he’s experimenting with dousing the organ in funnel-web spider venom,” reported the Sunday Telegraph. “Surgeons used to rely solely on hearts from brain-dead donors that were still beating.”

Hearts don’t last on ice in an Esky the same way a liver can. Now surgeons can restart hearts that have stopped beating more than half an hour earlier and keep them pumping for up to six hours before transplant, it said.

“The novel part was transporting a circulatory death heart a distance and putting it into a recipient and the ¬recipient doing well afterward — that had never been done before,” the media quoted him as saying. Surgeons at St Vincent’s have now performed 27 similar transplants, said the report.

“Dr Dhital’s breakthrough has the potential to increase the number of hearts available for transplant in Australia by 50 per cent,” it said.

 

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