Kerala: Police forms ‘green corridor’ to transport harvested organ

They virtually formed a 'green corridor' to transport a liver from a hospital in Kozhikode to another hospital in Kochi for a transplant.

By: PTI | Kochi | Published:November 28, 2016 6:07 pm

Extending a helping hand, Kerala Police on Monday took necessary steps to ensure that a hartal called by ruling CPI(M)-led LDF on the demonetisation issue, would not affect a medical emergency in the state. They virtually formed a ‘green corridor’ to transport a liver from a hospital in Kozhikode to another hospital in Kochi for a transplant.

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“It usually takes more than five hours to travel between Kozhikode and Kochi but our team of doctors could cover the stretch in two-and-a-half hours. It was possible only because of the great help offered by police,” a spokesperson for the PVS Memorial Hospital here said.

The liver of an 18-year-old girl, Keerthana, who was declared brain dead, was harvested at Baby Memorial Hospital in Kozhikode by a team of doctors from the PVS Memorial Hospital, the spokesperson said.

They started the journey with the harvested organ at 9.15 am and reached Kochi in two-and-a-half hours, she said.

The liver is being transplanted into 65-year-old K V Joseph.

Doctors and Joseph’s relatives thanked police for the help they extended on the hartal day.