In a first in Eastern India, a ‘green corridor’ was formed by the Kolkata Police (KP) in the city to cater to a medical emergency – to transport liver and kidney from one hospital to another for a transplant. The distance between Apollo Gleneagles Hospital (AGH) in Bypass and SSKM hospital in Bhawanipore is over 10km and it usually takes more than 45 minutes to traverse the distance, but through the ‘green corridor’ the stretch was covered in 14 minutes.
‘Green corridors’, mainly created to tackle medical exigencies, have manually-operated street signals to avoid peak traffic. Liver and kidney of Swarnendu Roy, a Class XII student who died in an accident, were transplanted into three women, Rubi Sardar, Sanjukta Mondal and Nilofar Ara. Sanjukta received his liver while Rubi and Nilofar were donated each of his kidneys.
Swarnendu breathed his last on Wednesday at AGH where he was undergoing treatment after an accident on October 30 in Basirhat. The three women were battling for life at SSKM.
The medical teams in both the hospitals were in constant touch and the traffic police ensured a safe and speedy passage for the organs.
A source at AGH said Swarnendu’s father Chandra Shekhar Roy readily obliged to sign the organ donation affidavit immediately after his son was declared brain dead.
“The hospital authorities approached the state health department and KP,” said an official of AGH. State organ donation nodal officer Aditi Kishore Sarkar ensured that all procedures were followed before the health department gave its nod of approval and later KP formed the corridor through which organs were transported to SSKM.
“We received massive support from the government officials and KP. It’s a milestone achievement”, AGH CEO told The Indian Express over phone.
A source in the traffic department said the health department approached them Thursday afternoon. “It was conveyed to us that the organ would be transported around 6.30-7pm but, eventually, it was delayed because of the surgery. We had prepared ourselves accordingly. A pilot car escorted the ambulance around 1am. The distance between Bypass and AJC Bose road, through Maa flyover, was covered in 14 minutes. Liver and kidneys were transported in two phases. Additional officers were deployed and signals were operated manually. We are happy to be part of the exercise.” said another traffic officer.
“Swarnendu’s organs gave lives to other people. It is a moment of pride for us and at the same time it will give us a feeling that he is somewhere around,” said his uncle Manas Sarkar.