The four transplants over 2.5 days by the same doctor (Dr. Anson Cheung) was a record as he beat his 2016 record of three transplants over 24 hours. And they were among the 30 heart transplants performed at St. Paul’s last year, also a record for the Vancouver hospital.
It was a birthday gift Prem Sagar wasn’t expecting, and one he will never forget.
On August 29, the day he turned 68, the Surrey grandfather received a new heart, a day after he joined the donor list, for which the wait is on average six months in B.C., according to B.C. Transplant.
But Sagar, who had suffered with virus-related heart problems for nine years and was about to get a mechanical heart, qualified because he was “critically ill” with about 25 per cent capacity, and the heart matched.