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.
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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.
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.