The Chennai police surely has a heart, particularly when it comes to saving lives. Setting an example of efficiency and excellent judgement, the cops managed to get an ambulance carrying the harvested heart of an accident victim to a hospital 12 km away in just 13 minutes and 22 seconds on Monday.
“I got the request just one hour before the harvesting of the heart was to be done,” said S Sivanandan, DCP traffic, who is the nodal officer for the Green Corridor scheme in operation since 2008.
“We in the police take medical emergencies seriously and in case of organ transplants make all efforts to help patients,” he said.
“The request like the one we got from Fortis Malar requiring help in transporting the heart harvested from a donor is rare. Within an hour, we informed all the traffic inspectors to facilitate smooth passage of the ambulance,” he added.
Once Sivanandan got formal clearance from the higher ups, he instructed the traffic police inspectors to ensure interruption-free route to the ambulance. Kathir Vel, Fortis Malar’s ambulance driver had carried out five heart transportations in the past two years. His 12-km dash indeed is commendable.
Traffic was regulated at all the 16 traffic signal points along the way. 26 traffic inspectors and constables manned the traffic intersections to ensure there were no snarls.
Much to the relief of the doctors’ team led by Dr KR Balakrishnan and Dr KG Suresh Rao, HOD, Department of Cardiac Anaesthology and Cardiac Critical Care, the heart was received in the shortest possible time.
“We received the heart at 7 pm and the operation took four hours. The patient is fine and all her vital parameters are functioning normally,” Dr Rao told HT on Tuesday.
“She is up, talking and smiling but would take some time to get discharged,” he said.