Heart sent from Gurugram to Delhi for transplantation through the green corridor on an even day

NEW DELHI: The harvested heart of a 43-year-old man in a Gurugram hospital was transported to another facility in Delhi through 28 km in half an hour for surgery on Tuesday when an odd-even traffic rule was applied to the capital, officials said.

The odd peer rule allowed ease in transporting organs, hospital authorities said.

While the heart was sent from the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), the liver and a kidney were sent to other hospitals in the National Capital Region.

FEHI surgeons were carrying out the heart transplant in a 59-year-old Delhi man who suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, a Fortis spokesman said.

The donor, declared with brain death, was a male patient suffering from hemorrhage in the brainstem. His heart was sent to the receiver on FEHI through a 28km green corridor from FMRI in 31 minutes, the spokesman said.

While one of the kidneys was maintained by Fortis hospital in Gurugram, the other was sent to Apollo Hospital here, he said. The liver was sent to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

On the waiting list for more than a year, the recipient's condition was deteriorating rapidly and a heart transplant was essential to save his life, Fortis hospital authorities said.

The family of the 43-year-old man agreed to donate his heart, liver and kidneys saving the lives of four recipients, the spokesman said.

This is an extremely complex process, involving coordination and synchronization with different stakeholders, said FMRI zonal director Ritu Garg.

We received the support of NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization), our doctors and nurses, the police and the traffic authorities, who play an imperative role for each transplant to be successful, Garg said.