Liver transported 10km in 11 mins, saves life
A green corridor created between the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport has helped in saving the life of a 52-year-old man from the city.
An ambulance carrying a liver to be transplanted was rushed through the green corridor between the airport and ILBS in 11 minutes flat on Wednesday afternoon.
The liver of a 28-year-old man was retrieved at King George’s Medical University (KGMC) in Lucknow after he was declared brain dead at the hospital. He died in a road accident in Lucknow. The Delhi Traffic Police were informed about the transfer five hours before the liver landing in the Capital.
“Around 12:30 pm, the liver was retrieved and received by transplant coordinator of ILBS Vibhuti Sharma, who had gone to Lucknow. It took just 4 hours for the organ to be transported from Lucknow to Delhi. They boarded a flight around 1:45pm and landed in Delhi at 3:10pm. By 3:30 pm, the organ had reached ILBS,” said Dr SK Sarin, director, ILBS.
“We got to know in the night that there was a liver available at KGMC and the blood group of the deceased was ‘A’ positive. We called up three patients in waiting from the DLD list (deceased liver donor) within the ‘A’ positive blood group. The person who received the liver was the most sick and was hence selected for the transplant,” said Dr Sarin.
The doctors at ILBS had started preparing for the transplant at least two hours before the liver actually reached the institute to ensure that there were no delays once the organ was received.
“After retrieval, the organ can be kept for 12 hours. The lesser you keep it, the better the quality. So, the doctors at ILBS had started the process much earlier,” said Dr Sarin.
This was the seventh cadaver donation at ILBS this year with a total of 13 cadaver donations having taken place at the institute in the last four years.
“This is the fourth time that we have cleared a route for organ donation. This time we clocked a record travel time by helping the donor liver reach the institute in less than 11 minutes. We are happy to contribute to the cause of saving someone’s life,” said Muktesh Chander, special commissioner of police (traffic).
Traffic snarled in Delhi as the national capital welcomed the first monsoon showers on Thursday morning bringing much-needed respite from the heat and humidity. The India Meteorological Department announced the arrival of southwest monsoon in Delhi, which usually arrives in the national capital on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8. Social media was flooded with photographs of waterlogged roads, with commuters complaining about the traffic and some seeking help from police.
Delhi received its first monsoon shower on Thursday, providing relief from the scorching heat. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police said, “As per the India Meteorological Department report, Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds would occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly.” Barapullah, Ring Road and ITO were among several parts of Delhi that saw heavy traffic due to incessant rainfall.
In the first major spell this monsoon, intense rain for two hours during peak office hours on Thursday morning left Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula and Mohali towns waterlogged, leading to traffic jams. The India Meteorological Department classifies rain between 64.5mm and 115.5mm as heavy. Till 11.30am, Yamunanagar recorded the highest rainfall in the region with 73mm followed by Chandigarh 68.2mm, Mohali 55mm, Panchkula 49.5mm, Patiala 23mm, Ambala 15 mm and trace rain in Ludhiana.
Three members of a family and their driver were found dead late on Wednesday in Mumbai's Kandivali West, which the police suspect was a deliberate act by the driver who allegedly killed the three before ending his life.
Students of a prominent college in Bihar's Munger city were allegedly allowed to write exams using their mobile phone torchlight. The incident was reported from RD & DJ College, Munger on Wednesday when the power had tripped due to inclement weather and the college generator was not functioning either. Another examinee without disclosing his identity said, “The college and university here are playing a cruel joke with students.”