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Heart transported from Pune airport to Ruby Hall Clinic in record 6 minutes

A woman (29) received a heart transplant from a donor from Nashik who had met with a road accident and was declared brain dead a day before.

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 11:40 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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A green corridor was created to transport the heart for transplant. (Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)

A woman from Pune got a new lease of life after she underwent a heart transplant at Ruby Hall Clinic on Thursday. She was the sole bread earner in her family and was suffering from cardio-myopathy.

On Thursday, the woman (29) received a heart transplant from a 35-year-old donor from Nashik who had met with a road accident and was declared brain dead a day before.

The family volunteered to donate his heart, kidneys and his liver.

Arti Gokhale, co-ordinator of Zonal Transplant Co-operation Centre (ZTCC) said that the heart was transported from Pune airport to Ruby Hall Clinic in a record time of six minutes via a green corridor created with the timely co-ordination between ZTCC and the Pune Traffic Police.

A green corridor is created to help faster transportation of donated organs from one place to another. For this the traffic police help in easy and faster movement of the ambulance carrying the organs. They ensure that the ambulance movement is not disrupted due to traffic.

The transplant co-ordinator at Ruby Hall Clinic Surekha Joshi said, “The girl was being treated by Dr. Jagdish Hiremath at Ruby Hall Clinic. She had also lost her sister to the same disease and was at high risk as the condition is genetic.”

Doctors explained that cardiomyopathy is a group of diseases that affect the heart muscle. They stated that it can cause sudden cardiac death.

Doctors from Ruby Hall Clinic informed that the girl has been suffering from cardio-myopathy since she was three-years-old.

One of the kidneys of the 35-year-old donor was donated at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, while the other kidney was donated at a hospital in Nashik. The liver was harvested in Nashik by the medical team of the Sahyadri Hospital at 12 noon and reached Sahyadri Hospital Deccan Gymkhana in Pune by 2.49 pm.

Dr Bipin Vibhute, liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon, Sahyadri Hospital, said, “The 46-year-old organ recipient was suggested a liver transplant after his health conditions were deteriorating by the day. As soon as we were informed about an organ donor in Nashik, our team visited the hospital to harvest the liver. The transplant was successfully performed on the patient by a team at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana. Green corridors have always been of immense help to transport organs and save lives.”

Another donor from Pune also donated his liver and kidneys after he was declared brain dead. The donor was 23- years-old and was a victim of a road accident.

In this case too a green corridor was set up to ensure the fast movement of the harvested organ to the recipient.

Increasing use of green corridors for special donor and organ requests in the city has saved many lives.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 10:34 IST