In a first-of-its-kind medical transplant, the liver of a brain-dead patient in Indore was flown to a receiver in Gurgaon on Wednesday.
To ensure that the organ reaches its destiny on time, traffic from Devi Ahlyabai Holkar airport to Choithram hospital was stopped for ten minutes, while the ambulance made its way through the green corridor.
Divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey accompanied the team to the airport to reduce hassle.
Executed under the guidance of the Indore organ donation society, the liver belonged to 40-year-old Rameshwar Khede from Khargone, who was undergoing treatment at Medanta hospital after meeting with an accident.
Declared as brain-dead by doctors on late Tuesday night, he was put under observation for six hours, while doctors coordinated with the team about the time of the transplant.
“This is for the first time that such a thing was executed in Indore. All information and medical checks were constantly monitored by health experts so that we do not miss this opportunity of saving a precious life,” said Dubey, chairman of the organ donation society.
Beginning postmortem and other medical tests at 10:30 am, the body was transferred to Choithram hospital, which is the authority in retrieving organs from a brain-dead body.
The organ was then flown to Gurgaon via a jet airways flight accompanied by the Medanta hospital team.
“The problem with a liver transplant is that the organ often does not reach the receiver on time. So special care was taken by the authorities and doctors,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, dean of MGM medical college and a member of the organ donation committee.