A green corridor was created on April 21 to transport a brain-dead patient for organ retrieval from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) to BGS hospital in Bengaluru. Vijay Kumar (27) was admitted to NIMHANS on April 17, where he was diagnosed with brain hemorrhage. He did not show signs of recovery despite surgeries and constant efforts by doctors and declared brain dead on April 21.
“Vijay had a fall six years ago and did not get himself treated even though he complained of recurring headaches. He was prone to fainting frequently. We were told that he had low blood pressure. On April 17, Vijay had a fall and started bleeding,” said, Narendra Kumar, a friend of Vijay.
The Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK) counselled the family members to consent to organ donation.
A senior police officer said, “We received an alert that a brain-dead patient was being transported from NIMHANS to BGS Hospitals and a green corridor was sought. We alerted the staff at the control room and sent a wireless message to traffic police at every junction from NIMHANS to BGS Hospitals.”
The ambulance covered the 15 km distance in 16 minutes.
According to the BGS hospital officials, organs from the brain-dead patient would be harvested on April 22.