Heart transplantation is lifesaving in diseases of heart when all other treatment modalities fail. Unlike many other organs, supporting a failing heart is not feasible for a lengthy time period. In such situations heart transplantation remains the choice of treatment. The common indications for heart transplantation in children include diseases of heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) and incurable major structural abnormalities.
The success of adult heart transplant program has encouraged us to initiate a paediatric heart transplant division. Currently we have a robust paediatric cardiac surgery program with outcomes matching international standards. We operate on all age groups from newborns to older children and a wide range conditions. The cumulative experience at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is of over 12000 open-heart operations in newborns, infants and children over 17 years. The paediatric heart transplant team consists of paediatric cardiac surgeons, paediatric cardiologists, paediatric cardiac anesthetists and intensivists, perfusion technologists, cardiac pathologists and experienced and specialized pediatric cardiac nurses. It is supported by a robust infrastructure with a dedicated state of the art paediatric cardiac intensive care unit.