A timely green corridor helps in transporting a liver from Indore to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport and then to a city-based private hospital in Gurgaon.
A Jet Airways flight, carrying the liver harvested from a 40-year-old brain dead patient at Choithram Hospital and Research Center in Indore, landed at T3 terminal of the airport at 2.10 pm. The green corridor, earmarked for safe and speedy transport of the organ, was already created by Delhi and Gurgaon traffic police.
It took all of 20 minutes for the ambulance to cover 18 km from the airport to the private hospital in the city. It took 13 minutes from the airport to reach the Delhi-Gurgaon border at Sirhaul. Thereafter, the organ reached Medanta Hospital in seven minutes. Delhi traffic cops escorted the ambulance. In total, it took two hours to transport the organ from the Indore hospital to Medanta.
Rameshwar Khede (40) from Khargone district was declared brain dead after he met with an accident in Indore. He was being treated at Choithram Hospital and Research Center, and his kin agreed to donate his organs. Khede's liver was harvested by doctors and sent to Indore airport through an 8km green corridor, which the ambulance covered in 8 minutes.
"With such efforts, India is coming of age in organ donation. It was commendable the way all agencies, including Jet Airways, CISF, airport security, GMR and Indore, Delhi and Gurgaon traffic police coordinated with each other," said Dr Naresh Trehan, founder of Medanta.
The liver was transplanted into a 55-year-old female patient, who was undergoing treatment at the hospital. Along with the liver, the donor's corneas and kidneys have also been harvested. These have been transplanted in other patients at the Indore hospital itself.