Kerala air ambulance carries organs for transplant in Chennai

  • KV Lakshmana/ Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Chennai/ Kochi
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 01:29 IST

A team of doctors successfully transplanted the heart and lungs — that were flown in from Kerala through an air ambulance — to a patient in Chennai on Tuesday.

Doctors from Chennai’s Fortis Malar Hospital went to Kochi’s Lakeshore Hospital and helped harvest the lungs and heart of a 19-year-old donor, Pranav, who was declared brain dead on Sunday after a bike accident.

A ‘green corridor’ was created to transport the organs from the hospital to the airport, the 30 km journey taking less than 25 minutes.

The organs were brought to Chennai on an air ambulance and another green corridor was created to transport the organs to the hospital — the 14.5km journey was covered in just 10 minutes — allowing doctors to operate on the patient.

“The operation was successful,” said Dr KR Balakrishnan, director, cardiac sciences, Fortis Centre for Heart Failure and Transplant, Fortis Malar.

According to reports from Kerala, Pranav’s liver, kidney, small intestines and eyes will also be donated.

Last month a naval aircraft was used as an air ambulance for the first time in Kerala to transport a heart harvested from a brain dead patient in Thiruvananthapuram for a recipient in Kochi.

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