Ideal Road Builders operates the toll point on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Ideal Road Builders operates the toll point on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Teen from Borivali gets a new lease of life  after getting a heart from a youth from Pune

Mumbai : A 14-year-old patient from Borivali got a new lease of life after receiving a heart from a 28-year-old man from Pune on Friday. The development came just at the right time as the recipient’s condition was deteriorating since the past few months and he was in dire need of a heart. With a green corridor, the distance from Pune to Fortis Hospital in Mulund was covered by road in 1 hour 35 minutes. With this, the city has reported 17 heart transplantations from August 2015 till today.

The donor from Pune was declared brain dead at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune, following a head injury during a road traffic accident. Following this, his family consented to donate his heart, kidneys and liver. After receiving consent from the donor’s family, traffic teams from Pune, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane created the roadmap for transportation of the heart. In order to carry out successful heart transportation, traffic and police teams across Pune, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane, came together to layout, plan and execute the green corridor between Pune and Mumbai. Nearly 150 personnel across the route ensured that the ambulance carrying the preserved heart reached Mumbai in the correct time frame for the transplantation.

The ambulance with the heart left the Ruby Hall Clinic at 1.38 am, following a pre-fixed route, and travelled through the green corridor via Mumbai-Pune Expressway and reached Fortis Hospital at 3.13am. Following this, the harvested heart was received by Dr Anvay Mulay, who is the head of Cardiac Transplant Team at Fortis Hospital who had already prepared the recipient ready for the surgery. Dr Mulay said, “Gradual and steady progression in mindsets towards organ donation is a great sign and we are happy to be instrumental in bringing about this change.

Their gesture will encourage many to follow suit, thereby helping bridge the gap between donors and recipients. Our young patient is now stable and has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wherein the next 48-72 hours will be critical and we will be closely monitoring him.”

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