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Green corridor facilitates transport of heart from Delhi airport to hospital

Health Medical Pharma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A heart harvested from a patient in Tamil Nadu's Madurai was tonight transported through a "green corridor", created from the Delhi airport to a city hospital, in 13 minutes, officials said.

The heart had to be transplanted in a 45-year-old man, they added.

The organ was first flown in from Madurai to the Delhi airport in a chartered plane and later taken to the hospital by road, Delhi Police officials said.

"A green corridor was today provided from T1 - Delhi's domestic airport to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for transportation of a heart. The total distance of 11 km was covered in 13 minutes," a senior official said.

SGR Hospital authorities said the operation was "still underway".

"We received the heart at about 8:30 pm. The recipient is a 45-year-old male and a resident of Delhi. He is suffering from end-stage heart failure. The surgery is being done by team led by the director of the heart transplantation programme, Dr Sujay Shad," a senior official of SGRH told PTI.

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First Published: Wed, May 23 2018. 23:45 IST