In Mumbai, a heart harvested from a 42-year-old man was transported aerially through green corridors to a hospital in Delhi. A distance of 1,100 km in over two-and-a-half hours was covered during this trip. The heart is being transplanted into a 53-year-old woman.
According to Times Of India, a spokesperson of the hospital said: “A green corridor was created between Mumbai and Delhi to carry a heart to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), Okhla.” “The 53-year-old recipient of this heart is suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively,” the hospital said.
The surgery is performed by a team of doctors led by Z S Meharwal, Director, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery, FEHI. “The male donor had suffered serious injuries in a road accident and was declared brain dead at Global Hospital in Mumbai. The heart was then airlifted at 03.15pm from the Mumbai airport and reached the Delhi airport at 05.05pm,” the spokesperson said.
“A green corridor was provided from Indira Gandhi International Airport T3 to FEHI. The journey started at 5.07pm and the heart reached the hospital at 5.30pm. The route taken was the IGIA-NH8-RTR-Munirka-Malviya Nagar-Nehru Place-FEHI,” a senior official of the Delhi Traffic said.