No lal batti: Chennai halts traffic to save life

Chennai Traffic PoliceWhen it’s more common to read reports of people losing their lives because of their inability to reach the hospital on time because of VIP traffic restrictions, here is a heart-warming story of traffic coming to a halt in Chennai to save the life of an ordinary patient.

On Monday, life in the heart of Chennai came to a halt on Monday to save a life. In a textbook example of precise coordination between surgeons of two hospitals and the city traffic police, a medical team transported a heart from Government General Hospital to Fortis Malar Hospitals in Adyar, about 12km away, in less than 14 minutes by creating a “green corridor” – that is, red-light free access.

“As soon as the heart was brought, the transplant began. By 10.15pm, the heart was beating in the patient’s chest,” said Dr Suresh Rao, chief anesthetist at Fortis Malar.For those unfamiliar with Chennai, it’s important to know that the road connecting the two hospitals is a key arterial road, usually carrying heavy traffic. That the police, doctors and the ordinary people cooperated to block it off for saving a life is obviously a great gesture by a city with a big heart.

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