Chennai : India’s medical capital Chennai, today witnessed another milestone in organ donation post a green corridor was created between the cities of Madurai and Vadapalani. A ‘green corridor’ from Madurai to Chennai ensured the harvested lung travelled nearly 425 kms in 76 minutes which includes 55 minutes of air travel and 21 minutes by road.
The Air India flight carrying the harvested organ landed in Chennai at 2.30 pm and the lungs were taken to Fortis Hospital, Vadapalani. The Doctors Team at Fortis spearheaded by Dr. Govini Balasubramani transplanted the retrieved lungs to the 34-year-old young patient
Pulmonologists, Medical Social Workers, Nursing teams, Police and Traffic officials worked in perfect tandem to enable organ retrieval and transfer across 425 Kilometers in 76 minutes. The Lung transplant was conducted by Dr. Govini Balasubramani, Head, CTVS, Heart and Lung Transplant, Fortis Vadapalani. In an unfortunate turn of events, a 29-year-old male met with a fatal road accident. The donor was admitted to VMCH, Madurai after sustaining serious injuries due to the accident and was declared brain dead by the hospital while he was on ventilator support. The 29-year-old donor is survived by his parents and three-months pregnant wife. The donor’s family is in a state of shock post they heard the news about death of their son. However, they agreed and came forward to donate the heart, kidney, lungs and eye of their son.