KARACHI: Pakistan's first ever successful mechanical heart transplant was performed by a team of doctors at the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD) on Monday.

It is a milestone in Pakistan’s medical history, as the use of this technology is unprecedented in Pakistan’s history.

Nafeesa Begum, 62 years old cardiac patient is the first patient in the country to undergo this surgery and receive a mechanical heart transplant.

Administrator of NICVD Dr Hameedullah Malik said the woman’s heart was only 15 per cent functional prior to the surgery but all her other internal organs were working fine.

The whole surgery was performed by Dr Pervez Chaudhry, who joined the NICVD team on the request of Head of NICVD Dr Nadeem Qamar, along with his team that consists of eight experts.

Qamar introduced the mechanical heart transplant technology in Pakistan. “We had been working on structuring this department for about six months now,” Dr Malik added.

While explaining the method, he informed that a regular heart transplant is inserting a new heart in the body but in a mechanical heart transplant the organ is not replaced, in fact, the pumping mechanism is fixed by using a device. This device then pumps blood across the body, he explained.