‘Green corridor’ in Delhi helps transport heart 20kms away in record 16 minutes

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A ‘green corridor’ put in place through coordinated efforts by hospitals and the Delhi Traffic Police has helped transport a heart harvested from a 57-year-old brain dead patient from Karol Bagh to Saket, a distance of 20km, in a record 16 minutes.

The request to provide the ‘green corridor’ was forwarded to Delhi Traffic Police last night. Traffic was considerably eased all through the 20 km-area.

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The heart was carried from BL Kapur Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road in Karol Bagh to Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket.

The distance of 20kms was covered in 16 minutes, confirmed Sharad Agarwal, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic (Operations).

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The heart and other organs of the brain dead patient were transplanted into six other needy patients including the one at Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket.

It was the first time ever that a heart transplant was carried out at the hospital in Saket.

Green corridors have been used in India many times in the past recently. Only a day ago, a 12km green corridor had been put in place from Gurgaon to Vasant Kunj to transport a human liver donated by the family of a road accident victim.

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Most of these transportations are made possible only because of the cooperation of daily commuters.

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