Heart airlifted from City to Chennai, saves baby's life

Green corridor aids free passage

Heart airlifted from City to Chennai, saves baby's life

For the second time in less than four months, green corrido­rs were created in Bengaluru and Chennai to save a life. This time, once again a donor heart was sent from here to Chennai for transplant.

The heart of a two-year and ten-month-old brain-dead Yatarth Aradhya in Bengaluru was on Friday successfully transplanted to save the life of another child.

Timely co-ordination, a well drafted plan and expertise worked magic to save the life of a two-year and eight-month-old child in Chennai.

Even at a time when his family was in grief, Amith Aradhya’s deed brought smiles on the faces of another family. Amith, a Bengaluru-based software engineer, did not give a second thought before saying yes to donate the organs. It took just one minute and 24 seconds for the speeding ambulance carrying the donor’s heart to reach the HAL Airport from Manipal Hospitals on Old Airport Road here.

The ambulance left Manipal Hospitals at 1:23 pm and zipped past the Old Airport Road. Policemen were deployed all along the route to ensure smooth passage. An ACP, three inspectors, six sub-inspectors and 15 constables were deployed to ensure a “green corridor”.

The box containing the heart arrived at Chennai at 2:10 pm and it took about eight minutes to reach Fortis Malara Hospital from the airport, a distance of 12 km.
Heart transplant surgery started at 1:30 pm, which involved removing the existing heart from the recipient, The recipient’s heart is beating well, hospital sources said.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Manjula, co-ordinator, Zonal Co-ordination Committee of Karnataka for Organ Transplantation (ZCCK), said Yatarth was rushed to Manipal Hospital on December 14 as he had high fever.

“The child suffered a cardiac arrest following which he had Hypoxic Encephalopathy. He was then declared brain dead,” she said.

Even as Yatharth was declared brain-dead on Thursday, doctors took 12 hours for approving organ transplantation as the child was very young.

“We were told that we could go ahead at 11:30 am on Friday. Soon after that we had a discussion with Yatarth’s father and had to get the organs harvested. It did not take much time for us to counsel him as he himself came forward. It took us a while to complete the legal procedures,” Lisa, another official from the ZCCK, explained.

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