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.