A live heart travelled 32 kilometres between two top private hospitals in Delhi and Gurgaon on Wednesday afternoon in 27 minutes 56 seconds flat — going through the usually choked MG Road and BRT corridor.
The organ, donated by a brain dead patient at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Sector 44, was transplanted on a patient at Fortis Escorts hospital in Okhla. In a noble gesture, the relatives of 59-year-old donor also gave away his liver and both the kidneys, which were transplanted on other patients in both Delhi and Gurgaon.
The Delhi and Gurgaon traffic cops got together to achieve the remarkable feat, that saved a precious life. This is the second occasion on which the traffic police from the two cities have coordinated for creating a green corridor. Earlier in January, the heart of a young 30-year-old was transported between these two hospitals in 29 minutes.
The marked stretch had multiple crossings and many busy The green corridor was created despite heavy traffic in Gurgaon due to a film premiere intersections. Traffic in Gurgaon was particularly worse on Wednesday because of the premiere of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s new film.
“A large force is deployed to manage traffic due to lakhs of people coming in from outside the city. However, saving a life is way more important and we have chosen the MG Road to reach Delhi where we expect lesser traffic than NH-8,” said ACP traffic (east), Hawa Singh.
The liver and one of the kidneys was transplanted on a 51-year-old woman and a 60-yearold man at FMRI Gurgaon. The other kidney was donated to a patient at Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital, New Delhi.
Dr Atamjot Grewal, FMRI medical director, said: “The heart can remain outside for not more than four hours. As soon as the heart is harvested, surgery begins to keep the recipient’s chest open for the transplant.”
In 2013, 815 organ transplants took place in the country, out of which 63 were in NCR, against none about a decade ago.