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Heart takes off from Delhi to reach Chennai in country’s longest distance haul

heartNew Delhi: Heart of a deceased civilian was flown from Delhi to Chennai recently to save life of an old man, who awaited a suitable heart transplant. It is the longest haul of donated tissue in India, covering a distance of more than 2,000 kilometres, which has an average flying time two hours and 40 minutes. A donated heart has to be implanted into the recipient within four hours of its retrieval; hence government and private entities came forward to support this noble cause.  The transplant co-ordination team at Gleneagles Global Health City received an alert about the availability of a suitable donor in Delhi, from the TRANSTAN, the apex body that governs Organ transplantations in Tamil Nadu. The R & R Army hospital, took up the responsibility of ‘harvesting’ the organ and rushing it to the Indira Gandhi -International Airport in New Delhi, with the support of the Delhi Traffic Police, who created a ‘green-corridor’ for the smooth transit of the organ from the hospital. The organ was taken aboard a Jet Airways flight, which took-off at 4:12 pm from Delhi. The aircraft landed safely at the Chennai International airport at 6:50 pm, from where the Chennai City Traffic Police took over the responsibility of safely getting the heart, within 36 minutes by 7:26 pm, to the Gleneagles Global Health City at Perumbakkam. Dr Sandeep Attawar, Director and Chair of Heart Failure and Transplant Program, Gleneagles Global Hospitals Group and his team of doctors successfully implanted the donated heart in a patient who was ailing with end-stage heart failure.

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