A Chennai based hospital; Frontier Lifeline along with Russian scientists has developed a heart pump that can serve as an alternative to a transplant or as a temporary measure before transplant.
The best part of the device is that, its manufacturing cost is very less.
This device is totally ‘made in India’ and is available at one third of the price. Other such devices available may cost up to Rs 90 lakh whereas this one may cost only Rs 30 lakh.
The device, called Left Ventricular Assisted Device (LVAD), can be surgically implanted to help the heart pump more blood with less work. It takes blood from the left ventricle and moves it to the aorta, which then delivers oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. The total cost of the two imported brands - from the US and Germany - including the surgery typically crosses 1.25 crore
On one hand, in many regions of the world, people are using such devices, in India, people die simply because such devices are unaffordable for them.
With a memorandum of understanding with the Russian manufacturers, the device called Sputnik, will be manufactured at Mediville, the SEZ Medical Science Park of Frontier Lifeline Hospitals on the outskirts of Chennai. On May 23, Dr Cherian signed the MoU with the Russian manufacturers in the presence of Indian space scientist A Sivathanu Pillai, as reported in ‘TOI’
India will be the first Asian country and the third in the world to manufacture LVADs, after US and Germany. Patients waiting for a heart on the transplant list can use this device until they get a suitable donor. Now patients have to wait for up to eight months.