Pakistan kill Indians, India saves Pak youth with new heart and lungs


Neighbour exporting terror, but India may just send a heart and a pair of lungs to Pakistan with 24-year-old Mohammed Nasir whose organs are failing.
With India scaling up its strategic response to isolate Pakistan following the militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri base that left 18 soldiers dead, a young man from the Punjab province across the border lies in a hospital bed in suburban Andheri with a hole in his heart, awaiting its suitable replacement.

To make it back alive, he’ll need a pair of lungs as well. It is an unusual situation, for state-based organ coordinator Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee or ZTCC has never had a foreign national on its list, let alone one from Pakistan, and least of all when militancy threatens to clog Track II diplomacy.

But the medical tourist, 24-yearold Mohammed Nisar, who flew to Mumbai from his hometown Lahore with his parents two months ago, is looking past all that. Just two days ago, his parents visited Haji Ali dargah to make a wish that he gets the organs soon.

The condition Nisar has is called Eisenmenger’s syndrome, a congenital defect usually caused by a hole in the heart chambers. It can go unnoticed for years, causing immense strain on the lungs. That’s what happened with Nisar: by the time doctors diagnosed him after he started bleeding from the mouth last year, his lungs had collapsed, said Dr Nandkishore Kapadia, heart and lung transplant surgeon at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital where Nisar is admitted.

“The right side of his heart is completely damaged. He gets breathless walking a few steps. We are trying to improve his life expectancy till the cadaver donations come through,” said Dr Kapadia. Once that happens, the transplant procedures will likely cost Rs 52 lakh, which the Pakistani government has already sanctioned.

Nisar’s mother, Sumaira Ali, said, “We never realised Nisar had a hole in his heart because he never showed any symptoms. It was only last year we came to know. Doctors there told us that transplantation is the only way to save his life. We came to know that it is possible in India through cadaver donations, and without wasting time, we registered with ZTCC.”
Nisar’s father Ikram Ali, a labourer in Lahore, said he knew about the attack in Kashmir and couldn’t comprehend why some elements are resorting to violence when “India is just like home and the people here are so nice and helpful”.

After Nisar gets well, he wants to join the workforce in his country and be a support for his family. “But I like it so much here I will definitely visit after a few years,” he said.

Copyright: Lata Mishra| Mumbai Mirror