From the heart

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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