POLICE AUTHORITIES set up a green corridor on immersion day Thursday which allowed a heart from Pune to reach the destination hospital in Mumbai in an hour and five minutes. “Police told us that they would try their best to set up a green corridor but revelers who come out in large numbers were a concern. With large crowds and heavy traffic it seemed impossible,” said Dr. Sanjeev Jadhav, the cardiac surgeon who retrieved the heart.
The donor was a 31-year-old man declared brain-dead at Ruby Hall Clinic and the heart was needed for transplant for a 31-year-old woman at Fortis hospital in Mumbai. The Zonal Transplant Coordination Commitee’s (ZTCC) said that the heart left Ruby Hall at 11:38 am and police ensured it took off from Pune airport at 11:55 am, reached Mumbai airport at 12:20 pm and reached Fortis at 12:43 pm. A total of six heart transplants have been performed since last year, said Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator of the Western region of ZTCC.
According to Dr Jadhav, doctors were worried whether the transplant could have been done on immersion day. “The 31-year-old woman who received the heart had been listed twice earlier for a transplant and both times had been cancelled due to various reasons. The 31-year-old man who had been declared brain dead after being treated for colloid cyst in the brain and relatives were willing to donate. We could not let go of the opportunity and a green corridor was set up,” Dr Jadhav said. At Ruby Hall Clinic, medical director Dr Sanjay Pathare said that the kidney and liver of the donor were sent to other hospitals.