Five stretches across Delhi, Gurgaon and Indore were converted into Green Corridors on Thursday to transport live organs for four critically-ill patients awaiting transplant.
All four organs – a heart, liver and two kidneys – were donated by an 18-year-old newspaper vendor in Indore, Deepak Dhaketa. Deepak, a road accident victim, was declared brought dead by doctors at Indore’s Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) on Wednesday. Doctors persuaded his family to donate the organs after three counselling sessions.
While both the kidneys were needed for transplant in two different hospitals within Indore, the heart and liver were rushed to Delhi and Gurgaon on an air ambulance. Two green corridors were created from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The heart was transported on an 18-km green corridor to Medanta Hospital in Sector 38, Gurgaon. Another corridor was created to rush the liver to Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Delhi. The recipient of the heart is a 35-year-old woman.
According to hospital sources, the organs for transplant reached the airport in the afternoon at around 1.15 pm. The Delhi police escorted the organs through the marked stretch which had multiple crossings and busy intersections till the toll plaza in 11 minutes. From there, the Gurgaon police helped the ambulance reach Medanta in 4.5 minutes.
“We blocked the traffic at all the entry and exit points on NH-8. The distance from the toll to the hospital is about seven kilometres,” said the ACP.
This is the second time this year that the traffic police of the two cities have coordinated to transport live organs.