Lungs harvested from a brain dead person in Visakhapatnam was sent to Chennai by a commercial flight on March 30. Through a green corridor the lungs was rushed from Chennai airport to Global Hospitals in less than 20 minutes.
Allapati Suryanarayana (29), a school teacher from Visakhapatnam, met with a road accident on March 28. He was shifted to Care Hospital in Maharanipeta, the next day. On March 29, around 7.30 p.m. he was declared brain dead.
After the consent from his father to harvest organs, lungs, along with the liver, two kidneys and two corneas were harvested at the Care Hospital in Visakhapatnam.
The lungs were taken in an ambulance along with police escort to the airport for a 2.45 p.m. commercial flight. The ambulance reached Visakhapatnam airport in 20 minutes where it was quickly put on the flight, allowed in as hand luggage.
The lungs were sent to Chennai for transplantation after it was found that they were not required in Andhra Pradesh or Telangana. The heart could not be used for transplants, liver, one kidney are being transplanted to two different patients at the Care Hospital and the other kidney to a patient at the Apollo Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Mohsin Eye Bank in Visakhapatnam took both the corneas.
At Global Hospital in Chennai, the recipient has been waiting for more than three months for a lung transplant. The patient had been ready for surgery since 3.30 p.m. the surgery began as soon as the lungs arrived at 4.30 p.m.