A 29-year-old died in Madurai after a serious car accident and his heart, liver and kidneys were harvested for transplant.
A team of two doctors flew to Madurai and harvested the heart for the transplant. The heart was flown in from Madurai at 2:40 p.m. by an Air India flight and transported to a city hospital in Chennai within 10 minutes, said airport sources. It was transplanted to a 48-year-old man from Pune with cardiomyopathy, a rapidly deteriorating heart muscle disease.
Dr.K.M.Cherian, Chairman and CEO, Frontier Lifeline Hospital said, "His condition was fast deteriorating. He was put on an intra-aortic balloon pump, a device used to increase coronary perfusion and improve the pumping capacity of the heart, but he was an urgent candidate. When the heart became available, we flew to Madurai on a morning flight, harvested the organ and brought it back late afternoon. The transplant has been successfully completed and the patient is doing well," he said.