The heart of a brain-dead person in Kochi was transported to Chennai in less than two hours to save a 51-year-old man in a private hospital from a life-threatening situation on Sunday, according to Indianexpress.com. The man, who works for an IT company in Chennai, had a heart transplanted and was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The hospital reported that a 51-year-old man had been on an organ registration waiting list since earlier this year in February, Indianexpress.com reported.
Donor was a 30-year-old man from Kochi who had suffered a TBI in a road accident in his hometown. He was admitted to a private hospital on October 19 after the incident. But he failed to respond well to his treatment and was declared brain dead on Saturday night.
The hospital also confirmed that the deceased’s family had received counseling and the family’s consent before donating the young man’s organs. Registry of Tamil Nadu members was alerted about the incident which was later assigned to Rela Hospital as per standard protocol. The remaining members of the deceased were allocated to Kerala state hospitals.
A four-member team from the hospital along with heart and lung surgeon Dr. Arumugam traveled to Kochi on Sunday morning to get the donor’s organ. The team reached Chennai in just over an hour. He left the team with his heart through a green corridor set up by the Kochi police team and then flew to Chennai. Another green corridor ensured that the heart was quickly transported to Rila Hospital where the transplant was to be performed by a team of doctors. The transplant was led by Dr. Sandeep Attar, director of the heart-lung transplant program at the hospital.