The Bengaluru police had assigned 25 men to ensure that the ambulance carrying the heart got a signal-free ride from the hospital to the airport, a distance of two kilometres. From there, the heart was taken in an air ambulance to the Chennai airport, after which it was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Chennai, through a special route configured by the Chennai Traffic Police to ensure there were no delays.
"Our men were called in and in just those 2-3 kilometers, we made it signal free," said B Dayananda, Traffic Commissioner, Bangalore.
The recipient of the heart is a two-year-old Russian boy. The first transplant procedure lasted for six hours from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Doctors are now monitoring the condition of the young patient till the heart stabilizes.
This is the second time in four months when traffic police facilitated a 'green corridor' (traffic-free roads) to transport a heart from one city to another in record time.
The heart of a 37-year-old woman who died was harvested on September 3 at a private hospital in the city's south-west suburb and flown to Fortis Hospital in Chennai in a special aircraft for transplanting into a 60-year-old patient within four hours.
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