How a Harvested Heart Travelled 31km in 26 Minutes During Peak Bengaluru Traffic to Save a Life

The heart had been flown from Mangaluru to Bengaluru on February 21, and a “green corridor” ensured that the organ reached the hospital on time.

There are times when society comes together to help save a life. That’s exactly what happened in Bengaluru recently when the city’s traffic police created a “green corridor” to ensure a harvested heart reached the hospital treating the organ recipient on time.

A green corridor is generally created when harvested live organs need to transported long distances in short periods of time.

In a city like Bengaluru, travelling 31 km in 26 minutes would have been otherwise impossible had it not been for the work of the cops.

Image for representation. Photo source: Pixabay

The heart had been flown from Mangaluru to Bengaluru on February 21 at 8.30 pm. From there on, they had to ensure that the organ would reach M S Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre  before it was too late.

The recipient is a 20-year-old student called Mohan from Gobbali village in Hassan District. Hailing from an underprivileged background, Mohan suffered from an enlarged heart and a cardiac arrest which required him to need a heart transplant. Funds for the operation were crowdsourced through online platform Milaap.  The hospital itself subsidised the costs significantly in order to help Mohan and his family.

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The donor, who was a carpenter by profession, was declared brain dead earlier after having met with a tragic road accident.

The heart was raced to the hospital from the airport during peak-hour traffic by creating a 31-km green corridor. The exercise was successful as the heart reached the hospital on time.

The operation itself is historic in nature as it was the first time in the state a heart transplant will be performed on someone who had been living with an artificial heart for 10 days.

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