One-hour and thirty two minutes: that’s how long it took for Maharashtra to transport the heart of a 45-year-old brain dead man from Mahavir Hospital in Surat to Fortis Hospital in Mulund, covering a distance of 269 km. The heart was transplanted into a 58-year-old patient suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy.
The heart was airlifted from Surat to Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai and from there ferried in an ambulance to the hospital along a green corridor that the airport and traffic authorities had chalked out before taking the task at hand.
“The medical team left with the heart at 10.36 pm and reached Surat airport in nine minutes. From there it took off in a chartered flight at 10.50 pm, landing in Mumbai at 11.43 pm,” said an official.
In Mumbai, the ambulance raced through the domestic airport’s gate number 8 to Santacruz-Chembur Link Road to Eastern Expressway and the Airoli junction to reach Mulund in 25 minutes.
This is the fifth successful heart transplant in the city this year. In the previous four transplants, the donors were either from Mumbai or Pune.
“The kindness and willingness of the donor’s family helped in making the transplant happen. We need more such courageous families to help save more lives, said Dr Anvay Mulay, chief of cardiac surgery, Fortis. The surgery was conducted by Mulay and Dr Sanjeev Jadhav within a span of three-and-a-half hours.