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In a touching story of communal harmony that only movies are made of, the heart of a brain dead Hindu donor from Tiruvannamalai was transplanted to a dying Pakistani Muslim, by a Christian cardiac surgeon at a Chennai hospital.
The recipient, 54-year-old Riaz Mohammad was a lucky man for he waited only 17 days before he received a young, healthy heart that did not match any Indian on the waiting list for heart transplants.
The ailing Pakistani national was on his last legs when he came to Chennai — he had already undergone an angioplasty and two cardiac bypass surgeries at Dubai, where he runs a successful business.
“The only option left for Mr Mohammad was a heart transplant. He registered under the Tamil Nadu Network for Organ sharing on June 23, and moved into the hospital guesthouse with his family to wait for a heart,” said Dr K.M. Cherien, veteran cardiac surgeon and chairman of Frontier Lifeline Hospital.
On July 8, a 36-year-old man from Tiruvannamalai met with an accident, and was declared brain dead at Global Hospitals here.
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