For parents, being informed that their child will need to undergo a heart transplant can be extremely overwhelming and nerve-wracking. Processing the news itself can seem like a major blow while watching their child’s health deteriorating due to a congenital heart disease. Despite the long waiting lists in hospitals for a heart transplant, not many people are aware about the process or why children need to undergo this major surgery. Dr Swati Garekar, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, tells us all that you need to know about pediatric heart transplants. ‘Globally, around 1200 heart transplants are done every year.