Coordinated efforts by the Gurgaon and Delhi traffic police helped save yet another life in the National Capital Region.
The two departments got together to form a 20-kilometre green corridor for transporting a liver from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to a private hospital in Gurgaon in about 12 minutes.
The live organ was donated from a 60-year-old man in Indore to a patient in Medanta-The Medicity. The hospital, however, did not reveal the details of the recipient.
“It was a very crucial transplant as the live organ had to be transported in an airplane and then via ambulance. It was important that the liver reached on time and it did. This will be a big lesson for people that distance is not a hindrance in organ donation,” said Dr Sumana Arora, deputy medical superintendent, Medanta.
The liver reached the Indira Gandhi airport in the afternoon and was immediately transported along the dedicated stretch which had multiple crossings, busy intersections and spanned across two states — Delhi and Haryana — where traffic jurisdiction changes.
“A large number of police officials are deployed to manage traffic for lakhs of people in the city. However, saving a life is always going to be more important and we have the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to reach Delhi where we expect less traffic and is closer to the hospital, rather than MG Road, which is generally clogged,” said assistant commissioner of police Hawa Singh.
This is the fifth occasion this year that coordination between the traffic police of Gurgaon and Delhi has made the transportation of a live organ possible.
Earlier in October, a heart was transplanted from a brain dead 34-year-old patient of a road accident admitted in Fortis Gurgaon to a 13-year-old patient at AIIMS in Delhi in about 38 minutes.
In 2013, 815 organ transplants took place in the country, out of which 63 were in NCR. This is against none about a decade ago.
The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Rules 2014 set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are expected to give a major boost to the organ donation scenario.
The new law makes it compulsory for all hospitals to declare presence of brain dead patients. The information is shared among all hospitals and those looking for donors can get in touch.