Hyderabad: This heart, on the way to infuse new life into a young woman, travelled from Banjara Hills to Nampally in just 10 minutes, that too during peak city traffic hours.
As the Hyderabad Traffic Police created a green corridor from the Banjara Hills Care Hospital to its unit at Nampally, the harvested heart was transported by doctors and support staff in record time to usher in a new lease of life for the 19-year-old woman.
The young woman from Nizamabad district had been suffering from severe breathlessness for the past one year. Incidentally, the woman had lost her brother a few years back to a severe heart failure. The patient was referred to Care Hospital and the case was evaluated by transplant surgeon Dr.Nagesh along with Dr.Rajmohan, Dr.Chaitanya, transplant anaesthesist Dr.Rajeev Menon and the team for the possibility of a heart transplant.
After evaluation, she was listed for transplantation with the State Jeevandan scheme, but a problem which the medical team faced was her blood group AB, which is rare. On August 9, an alert of an appropriate organ came from Care, Banjara Hills, where a 40-year-woman expired following a stroke. She was AB Positive and her family had gave their consent for organ donation.
The patient was immediately admitted at Care Nampally and Dr.Nagesh’s team harvested the heart and transported it there. It being peak traffic hour, the Hyderabad Traffic Police police was alerted and they promptly swung into action, creating a green corridor between the two hospitals.
After a marathon six hour-surgery, the patient was shifted to the ICU and was taken off ventilator in 12 hours. She started walking in three days and was discharged on Saturday, the hospital said.