Sometimes even minutes can matter when it comes to the battle of life and death. In order to save the life of a 51-year-old woman who had been admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru, a harvested heart was flown in an air ambulance in seven minutes flat.
According to the airlift service that transported the heart, this is likely the first time a harvested organ has been flown from one hospital to another within the city.
Generally when an organ is transported for a transplant, a green corridor is constructed within the city to help the transportation vehicle to move without being encumbered by traffic.
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In this case, in order to transport this heart from Apollo Hospital to MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre through a Green corridor would have taken at least 30 minutes and hence the family of the recipient opted to have it flown.
Dr Nagamalesh UM, senior cardiologist, MS Ramaiah Narayana Health Centre, spoke to Times of India noting that time is really of the essence when it comes to transplant operations. He said, “Normally, when the transplant is done within an hour of harvesting the organ, the outcome is expected to be better.”
The donor, a 45-year-old woman from Ramanagara district, was being treated at Apollo hospital when she was declared brain-dead. Her family that included her husband and her young son decided to donate her organs, including kidney, liver, pancreas and cornea. And because of the selfless gesture, a number of people will get a second chance at life.