A 32-km-long green corridor created to transport a heart from a hospital in Gurgaon to Delhi on Thursday night helped doctors save a life.
It was the first time that such a corridor was planned between the two cities at night. A green corridor is a free passage created by the traffic police on a route to ensure fast transportation of human organs.
The heart was retrieved from a 24-year-old Gurgaon resident who was declared brain dead after prolonged illness. He was admitted to the Fortis hospital in Gurgaon on January 30 and was on ventilator support since then. After he was declared brain dead, his family decided to donate his organs.
It took the authorities 24 minutes and 40 seconds to transport the heart from Fortis Hospital near Huda City Centre to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) in Delhi’s Okhla area. The heart was taken out of Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon around 1:54am and it was transported via the Gurgaon-Faridabad road, Aya Nagar and Badarpur Road to the Okhla hospital.
Both the Delhi and Gurgaon police were involved in the planning. Near the Chhatarpur Metro station in Delhi, a truck loaded with sugarcanes had toppled. But the traffic police moved swiftly and the vehicle was removed to make way for the ambulance carrying the heart.
The heart was transplanted in a 44-year-old man from Meerut admitted to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) in Delhi. The liver and the left kidney were transplanted in a 53-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, respectively. The right kidney was sent to the AIIMS and his corneas were sent to Nirmaya Eye Bank in Gurgaon.
“It is very heartening to see that more and more people are agreeing to donate organs these days, thus saving lives of those who are not even known to them. The police support the cause and agree to create green corridors even at short notices. This is the 28th organ donation in Fortis Hospitals in the past three years. More than 120 lives have been saved so far,” said Dr Avnish Seth, director, Fortis Organ Retrieval and Transplant department.