Signal free corridor helps patient get heart from donor

Bangalore :A ‘signal-free’ 38-km corridor created by police today from the outskirts to a city hospital helped a patient from Delhi get a heart from a brain dead donor.

Bengaluru traffic police created the corridor for safe transportation of the heart of a brain dead person from BGS Hospital on Mysore road to Narayana Health City Hospital on Hosur road here in an ambulance.

The 38-km distance was covered in just 23 minutes, police officials said.

The donor was a 17-year-old college student, who had met with an accident recently. He was declared brain dead yesterday.

The recipient is a 35-year-old man from Delhi. Narayana Health officials in a statement said the man was suffering from Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and had been waiting for a donor heart for the past five months.

The heart transplant surgery took around 90 minutes, they said.