A hospital in Gurgaon, teaming up with police, carried out a trial run on Wednesday for setting up a ‘green corridor’, a signal-free stretch from the IGI airport to the hospital that will be used for transportation of harvested organs for transplant patients.
During the trial run, the 15.5-km stretch from the airport to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurgaon was covered in 15.42 minutes. Four traffic signals on the route were kept green for the test. The trial run started from the airport at 11 am.
“We fully supported the exercise. Gurgaon police made all necessary arrangements to facilitate uninterrupted movement of the vehicle that took part in the trial run. We have pledged our support in future also. We will be very happy to be associated with efforts that strive to save human lives. We now plan to extend the green corridor facility to other medical emergencies also,” Alok Mittal, Commissioner of Police (Gurgaon), said.
Dr Dilpreet Brar, Regional Director (FMRI), said, “We want to replicate the success of our green corridor initiative at Fortis Malar Hospital in Chennai, where a heart was transported in 14 minutes to the hospital covering a distance of 12 km, saving the life of a 21-year-old woman. We recognise the importance of an efficient organ transport programme in saving lives and want to work closely with key stakeholders who can enable this process and make it a reality in Delhi-NCR.”
Dr Brar praised the Delhi and Gurgaon police for their support in conducting the trial run.
FMRI had recently conducted an online poll to gauge the readiness for a green corridor in Delhi-NCR. The survey revealed that 66 per cent of people who travel by road felt that Delhi-NCR was not yet adequately equipped for green corridor to become a reality.
But all participants felt that it was the need of the hour and that they would not mind waiting to let an ambulance carrying organs pass so that a life can be saved. Sixty per cent respondents said they were willing to wait for more than 30 minutes if stopped.
Green corridors have been successfully set up several times by the Chennai police, where organs have been transported over 10-15 km stretches in coordination with the donor and recipient hospital authorities, police and local authorities.
Since 2008, green corridors have reportedly played a part in 75 successful heart transplantations in major hospitals of Chennai.
Creating such a passage ensures speedy transportation of organs, ensuring precious time is not lost in transportation after harvesting of organs. Often, time is lost when ambulances get caught in heavy traffic on city roads.
A human heart can be preserved for up to four hours, but the chances of the recipient’s survival are higher if transplant takes place early.