In a first in Pune, two green corridors were set up on Tuesday without any major traffic disruption to transport a heart from Ruby Hall Clinic to Mumbai and a liver from Nashik to Sahyadri Hospital. The heart of a 46-year-old woman from Satara was transplanted in a 16-year-old girl suffering from restrictive cardiomyopathy at Fortis Hospital in Mumbai. Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, Pune-based heart transplant surgeon from Fortis conducted the transplant along with Dr Vijay.
According to Surekha Joshi, medical social worker with Ruby Hall Clinic, the 46-year-old woman had suffered injuries after a fall from a two-wheeler and was brought to Pune’s Ruby Hall Clinic. The woman succumbed to injuries and after counselling her sons, the family agreed to donate her organs.
“The heart was retrieved by the team of surgeons from Fortis Hospital in half an hour, transported via the green corridor set up by traffic police to the airport and then via a chartered plane to Mumbai where another green corridor was created,” Dr Jadhav said. According to Joshi, the woman’s kidney was sent to Sahyadri Hospital while another was transplanted at Ruby Hall Clinic itself. The liver and corneas were also donated.
Dr Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said that two simultaneous donations and two green corridors were created within a day. For the first time, a green corridor was set up from Nashik to Pune when the liver a brain-dead 55-year-old woman was brought to Sahyadri Hospital for transplant.
Sahyadri Hospital authorities said that the 55-year-old woman had been admitted to Sahyadri Hospital in Nashik with hypertensive intracranial bleeding. She was declared brain dead on May 9. Since the hospital is not an official centre for organ retrieval, the woman was transferred to an official organ retrieval centre in Nashik.
The team of liver surgeons from Sahyadri Hospital in Pune travelled to Nashik, retrieved the liver and brought it to Pune via a green corridor. Dr Prashantha Rao, liver transplant surgeon, Sahyadri Hospital, said that the liver was transplanted in a 49-year-old patient with chronic liver disease.
Since January this year, there have been 17 brain-dead donors. While 22 kidneys were transplanted, one heart each was sent to AIIMS, Delhi, and Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, and 18 livers, including three from Aurangabad, were transplanted.
DCP Sarang Awad said that two green corridors were created in the city for organ transport on two different routes. The first green corridor was created between Ruby Hall Hospital and Pune airport. The distance of 7.6 km was covered by the ambulance in eight minutes between 11.02 am and 11.10 am. The ambulance made its way via Parnakuti Chowk, Gunjan Chowk and Golf Course.
The second corridor was created for organ transport from Nashik to Pune. City traffic police created the corridor between Moshi toll booth to Sahyadri Hospital via Bhosari Flyover, Nashik Phata, CME, Khanduji Baba Chowk and JM Road. The distance of 25.6 km was covered in 22 minutes between 2.45 pm and 3.07 pm.
Awad said, “Detailed charts were prepared as soon as we got intimations about the need for green corridors. To make sure that road traffic is least affected, we made a chart and instructions were given on wireless to the respective points where our men were deployed. Due to the planning, the traffic flow was stopped for a minimum time span for the ambulances to pass.”