Bangalore, Chennai join forces for inter-state heart transplant

inter-state heart transplantDoctors, traffic police and airport officials in Bangalore and Chennai transported a live heart over 350km in just over two hours on Wednesday. “This is the first time we’re attempting an inter—state heart transplant. A heart can be kept in cold storage for up to four hours, but we gave ourselves a window of three hours. In the end, it was done in two hours,” said Harish Manian, facility director, Fortis Malar hospital, Chennai.

A 55—km stretch from BGS Global Hospital, Kengeri, in South Bangalore to Kempegowda International Airport in North Bangalore turned into a signal—free corridor on Wednesday between 2.10pm and 2.55pm. For 45 minutes, this green corridor opened up like a red carpet for the live heart being transported on Air India flight AI 264 which took off from KIA at 3.22pm.

At Chennai airport, the ambulance was allowed to through a special gate right up to the tarmac and Chennai Traffic Police take over. “It took us seven minutes – from 4.30pm to 4.37pm — to cover the 12km from the airport to the hospital,” said a senior traffic official who planned the transfer. The ambulance whizzed past 11 junctions to reach the hospital. Each junction had three policemen to man the traffic and a patrol vehicle was on standby.

The donor, a 32—year—old homemaker married to a carpenter and mother of two children, met with a road accident near Hosur, Tamil Nadu on August 31. She was riding pillion when a tyre burst, throwing her off the bike. She was taken to BGS Global Hospital in Bangalore for treatment.

“She was brought to hospital in a critical condition. Despite our best efforts, there was no improvement. She was declared brain—dead around 6pm Tuesday. We spoke to the family, and they agreed for a cadaver transplant. We started coordinating with the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK). Potential donors were identified for two kidneys and the liver,” said Dr Venkataramana NK, vice—chairman and chief neurosurgeon, BGS Global Hospitals.

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