Owing to another successful green corridor, a patient was given a new life in Delhi. The corridor was set up from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Friends Colony in New Delhi.
The live heart was flown in a chartered plane from Jaipur by a team of doctors after retrieving it from a 22-year-old road accident victim to be transplanted in a 54-year-old man with heart failure. It took 56 mins for the heart to be transported to Delhi and another 16 mins to transport it to the hospital which was 18 kms away.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Traffic (southern range) Harendra Singh said, The heart was kept in a special box and received at terminal 1-D of the airport and rushed through the green corridor to Fortis Escorts hospital in New Friends Colony
The doctors declared transplant as the only option for the recipient who was critical and had to be admitted to a hospital several times due to complications from the heart failure, a chronic condition in which the heart does not pump blood as well as it should.
Escorts’ transplant team received a call late Tuesday night about the availability of the heart from a brain dead patient.
For the unobstructed movement of the ambulance which helped in covering 18 kms in under 16 minutes making it possible for the heart to reach in time for the transplant, Traffic Police personnel were deployed on the way to regulate traffic on the road.