At a time when traffic logjam in the national capital makes a distance of few kilometers a matter of hours, a heart harvested from a 57-year-old brain dead patient was transported from Karol Bagh to Saket, a distance of about 20 kms, in record 16 minutes.

Courtesy, the coordinated efforts between the hospitals and Delhi Traffic Police.

The transportation of the human heart which was carried from B L Kapur Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road in Karol Bagh to Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket was facilitated by a ‘green corridor’ provided by Delhi Traffic Police.

Source: India Today

The distance of 20 km between the two hospitals was covered in a record 16 minutes, said Sharad Agarwal, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic (Operations).

The request to provide the ‘green corridor’ was received by Delhi Traffic Police on Monday, July 31, Agarwal said.

It was not only the heart which was transported in such a short span of time.

According to a spokesperson of BL Kapur Hospital, the heart and other organs of the 57-year-old brain dead patient were harvested and transplanted into six needy patients including the one who received the heart at Max Hospital in Saket.

This was the first heart transplant carried out at Max Hospital in Saket, said a hospital spokesperson.

If coordination of this scale can be made regular practice, survival rate of critically sick, injured will go up.

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