Doctors, social workers, and the traffic police in Mumbai and Pune joined hands to successfully give two critically-ill patients a new lease of life by ensuring two heart transplants took place within a gap of just four hours on Thursday. Thanks to the existence of green corridors!
What is a green corridor?
Green corridor refers to a special road route that enables harvested organs meant for transplants to reach the destined hospital. The street signals are manually operated to avoid red lights and peak traffic to ensure earliest arrival.
How it saved lives:
Both the heart transplants were undertaken at Mulund’s Fortis Hospital. While one life-saving heart came from Pune’s Ruby Hall Clinic, the second one was transported from Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) New Bombay Hospital in Vashi to Fortis.
One of the beneficiaries of the transplant was a 24-year-old college student and the other patient was a 58-year-old man, both suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a condition in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, is enlarged and weakened.
One of the hearts was harvested from a 22-year-old housewife, admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic, injured in a fall. When she was declared brain dead by the doctors, her husband gave his consent to donate her lungs, kidneys, liver and heart. The other organs were transplanted to patients in Pune, but the heart was transported to Mumbai via a green corridor which covered a distance of 143 km in less than one hour and 49 minutes.
In the second case, after a 45-year-old woman, a victim of a railway accident, was declared brain dead, her husband and children agreed to donate her kidneys, liver and heart. One of her kidneys was transplanted to a patient in MGM Hospital and the second kidney helped a patient in Jaslok hospital. Her liver helped the transplant of a patient in Wockhardt Hospital. And her heart was sent to Fortis to the patient on a super urgent priority list, transported via a green corridor covering 18km in less than 16 minutes.
Both the patients are currently stable and under observation for the next 72 hours, with round the clock care.