A deceased 38-year-old man helped save at least five lives after his organs were transplanted to different patients.
His heart was transported through a green corridor arranged by the traffic police where the ambulance traversed a distance /of 25 km from Manipal Hospital to Narayana Health City, in just 19 minutes. The man, who was declared brain dead on Wednesday, met with a road accident on March 2.
His heart was retrieved at 1.30am on Thursday and transported to Narayana Health City through a green corridor created by Bengaluru traffic police. The ambulance covered 25 km in just 19 minutes. A 43-year-old man suffering from acute heart failure in Narayana Hrudayalaya got a fresh lease of life; a 41-year-old woman in Manipal Hospitals and another in St John's Hospital were the recipients of his kidneys. His corneas were also harvested.
"The woman who received his kidney had undergone a transplant earlier, but was looking for a second one after it failed. She is recovering," said Dr Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals.