Heart flown from Pune to Mumbai, saves woman’s life

Miss Alone

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City doctors performed the city’s 28th heart transplant after the family members of a brain-dead man from Pune donated his heart on Thursday morning.
The donor was a 31-year old man who died from intracranial bleeding at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune. His family consented to donate his liver and kidneys, saving three other lives.
The heart recipient, a 31-year-old woman from the Buldhana district of Amravati, had a fatal condition called postpartum dilated cardiomyopathy, said doctors who were treating her. They added that she had been on the waiting list, prepared by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, for the last three months. A transplant was absolutely essential to save her life, according to specialists.
A team of doctors travelled to Pune to retrieve the donor’s heart. The organ was transported from Pune to Mumbai by air in just above an hour.
“The patient had been moved to the ICU and is under observation. We hope that this encouraging story inspires more people to come forth and join the cause,” said Dr Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.

How the heart reached Mumbai

A team of doctors from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, retrieved the heart from the donor at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, at 11:38 am and transported it to Fortis Hospital, Mulund, in 1 hour 6 minutes, covering a distance of 133.52km, via a green corridor.

Making way: What is a green corridor?

A green corridor is the clearing of a stretch of road to give way to an ambulance.
Heart transplants need to be done within four hours of harvesting, making it vital for timely transportation of the organ from donor to recipient.
It is a non-stop thoroughfare, where the ambulance, carrying the organ, is led by traffic police vehicles to clear the way. An advance alert is also issued.