In one hour and 20 minutes two ambulances transported the organs of a brain dead donor to two hospitals and saved two lives.
This was the first incident where 2 green corridors were created in Bengaluru to facilitate uninterrupted transfer of the organs-heart, kidney and pancreas. The heart is now beating in a 44-year old patient from Tamil Nadu while kidney and pancreas were received by a 29-year old from Bengaluru who was suffering from renal failure.
The heart was transported from Columbia Asia Hospital, Yeshwantpur to Narayana Health City, Bommasandra. The other two organs were delivered to BGS Global Hospitals in Kengeri.
The donor who was a 17-year-old boy from Byataranyapura was brought to Columbia Asia after he met with an accident. The Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for transplantation (ZCCK) decided on multi-organ transplantation. The donor's second kidney was transported to Apollo Hospitals in Mysuru and the liver was transplanted into a patient at the same hospital. His corneas went to Narayana Nethralaya, Rajajinagar.
"He was declared brain dead and according to ZCCK protocol, his heart was donated to a patient suffering from severe coronary artery disease," said Dr Kanchan Sanyal, chief of medical services, Columbia Asia Hospital. "His liver was transplanted into a patient at our hospital," she added.
The patient at BGS Global Hospitals was a 29-year-old kidney recipient who has been suffering from juvenile diabetes since childhood, which led to a dysfunctional pancreas. "Because of diabetes, his kidney also failed. He has been in hospital for one year. Getting both the kidney and pancreas from one donor was a double gain for him," said Dr Venkataramanna N K, vice-chairman and chief neurosurgeon, BGS.
"We are grateful to Bengaluru police for creating a green corridor. The ambulance carrying the heart covered a distance of about 55km in mere 39 minutes, which usually takes 1.5 hours," said Joseph Pasangha, facility director, Narayana Health City. Dr Bhagirath Raghuraman, transplant coordinator at Narayana Health City led the operation that lasted over three hours.
All other transplants were also successful.