From the heart
Aminor miracle occurred in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, where a medical team transported the heart of a brain-dead man from one hospital to another, located about 12km away, in less than 14 minutes. This was made possible by precise coordination between surgeons of the two hospitals and the city traffic police, which created a ’green corridor’, providing red-light free access to the ambulance carrying the heart.
“As soon as the heart was brought, the procedure of its transplantation into the woman recipient’s body began. Within hours, the heart was beating in the patient’s chest," said Dr Suresh Rao, chief anesthetist at the hospital. The road connecting the two hospitals is a key artery in Chennai and usually carries heavy traffic.