Green corridor helps cadaver heart beat Bangalore airport traffic

The heart which was to be taken to Chennai for a transplant reached the airport in 40 minutes compared to a normal time of 90 minutes.

By: Express News Service | Bangalore | Published:September 3, 2014 8:55 pm
The heart was transplanted around 5.30 pm at the Fortis Hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. The heart was transplanted around 5.30 pm at the Fortis Hospital in Chennai on Wednesday.

The Bangalore traffic police created a “green corridor” in the city on Wednesday by turning all traffic signals green along a 40 km stretch to enable a heart to be transported for transplant in an ambulance from the BGS Global Hospital in Kengeri in West Bangalore to the Kempegowda International Airport in North-East Bangalore.

The heart which was to be taken to Chennai for a transplant reached the airport in 40 minutes compared to a normal time of 90 minutes, Deputy Commissioner of Police for traffic (West) S Girish said. The heart was transplanted around 5.30 pm at the Fortis Hospital in Chennai on Wednesday.

The Bangalore traffic police were informed around 1 pm on Wednesday about the urgent need to transport a cadaver heart to Chennai to save the life of a patient there. Doctors at the BGS Global Hospital removed the heart from a woman who suffered a brain death. The cadaver heart donated by the dead woman’s family was ready for transport at 1.55 pm in Kengeri.

The ambulance arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport by 2.35 pm after the traffic police cleared signals at all junctions in the path of the ambulance. “We cleared all the signals for the ambulance which helped it reach the airport within 40 minutes,” DCP Girish said.

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    Hari
    Sep 5, 2014 at 5:49 am
    Its the WILL that gets there, not the cost . Also, this will also help the traffic police to device methods to make this Green Corridor , a separate lane also, like in US and other countries. But the w thing lies in us individuals, to contribute, by not driving over platforms, encroaching shoulder roads. I am ashamed to see so many IT professionals doing this on a daily basis on all corridors. I am mentioning IT professionals because, they are expected to be literate and educated !! They need not rush to work or home , as though they are going to do a heart transplant.
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      Raveendra Reddy
      Sep 4, 2014 at 5:05 am
      Hats of the different teams in two states for able to prove this possibility in chaotic traffic management. Though it was great news, there must be also some stories of others suffering (possibly including some ambulances) due to traffic regulations. It will be also interesting if we know the cost involved, so that we can understand whether the common people can afford.
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        Uzair
        Sep 5, 2014 at 3:38 am
        Great job done guys;
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