For the second time this week in Maharashtra, the police successfully executed a ‘green corridor’ operation, providing swift and unhindered passage to an ambulance ferrying a heart from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. The ambulance made the 19 km journey from Vashi to Mulund in 14 minutes flat, owing to a coordinated effort between the Navi Mumbai police, the Mumbai Traffic Police and the management of both the hospitals concerned.
A green corridor is when the police ensure that the outermost lane of a road is free of any traffic jams or obstructions so that an ambulance can pass through on a priority basis. The first such incident was observed on Monday, when a heart was rushed through the green corridor from the Jehangir Hospital to the Pune Airport in seven minutes, and from the domestic terminal of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the Fortis hospital in Mulund in 18 minutes.
On Friday morning, the Mumbai Traffic Police control room received a call at around 7 am from the Fortis hospital authorities that a heart needed to be rushed to the hospital from the MGM hospital in Vashi. The information was communicated to top officials of the traffic police, and the Navi Mumbai police were contacted.
“The challenge was to manage things despite the office rush in the morning. We were actually aiming to let the ambulance leave between 8 am to 8.30 am, but had to push things a bit further to make sure that it encountered no hindrances along the way,” said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Prabhat Ranjan.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai traffic police too began clearing the way from the Airoli check naka to the Fortis hospital. The ambulance left with a traffic police vehicle acting as pilot vehicle at 10.26 am from the MGM hospital, and reached the Fortis hospital at 10.40 am.
“Normally, the same journey would have taken 40 to 45 minutes. We had personnel from our Mulund and Vikhroli units working to ensure that the ambulance did not have to stop for any reason,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Milind Bharambe.
By 10.45 am, doctors at the Fortis hospital commenced the surgery to transplant the heart into a 29-year-old Kalamboli resident’s body, who had been suffering from dilated cardiac myopathy.
The heart donor, Narayan Kutty Nair, was a Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) employee. On August 2, he was hit by a motorbike in Govandi at about 1.45 pm, was rushed to Joy hospital and was later shifted to MGM.
Dr P K Shashankar, hospital administrator at MGM said, “The patient was declared brain dead Thursday. A team of doctors then counseled the family to donate for a noble cause.”
Nair’s family gave their nod for kidney, liver and heart donation following which the Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC) was approached and other required approvals were sought, all of which were granted by late Thursday night.
Doctors at Fortis said that the heart transplant was successfully completed by Friday evening, and that the surgery went on for six hours, including pre and post operative care. The patient will be kept under observation for the next two days to ensure the body does not reject the organ. The surgery was headed by Dr Anvay Mulay, who also headed Monday’s surgery.