9.2 km, 14 minutes and a donor heart reached the boy who needs it most

It may look like an impossible feat, covering 9.2 km during peak traffic in 14 minutes. But the Delhi Police managed to create a Green Corridor between AIIMS and Fortis-Escorts Heart Institute so that a heart from a 55-year-old brain-dead woman could be transplanted into a 19-year-old boy.

A team of doctors from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla retrieved a live donor heart in AIIMS hospital, Delhi earlier today. It was led by Dr. ZS Meharwal, Executive Director and Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery, VAD & Heart Transplantation Programme, Dr. Vishal Rastogi, Head, Heart Failure Clinic, and Dr. Naveen Saraf, Director, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla.

#WATCH | An ambulance carrying a donor heart races to Fortis-Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi. The ambulance completed the 9.2-km distance in 14 minutes amid a traffic rush, giving a 19-year-old a fresh lease of life pic.twitter.com/zrzumTH9ye

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The team was alerted by National Organ Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) about a possible cadaveric heart donor (brain dead) in AIIMS Delhi earlier today. The team left at 5.48 PM to retrieve the heart. The donor heart along with the team reached Fortis at 6:02 PM. The ambulance swiftly completed the 9.2 km in 14 minutes amidst a traffic rush. The 19-year-old, who has been suffering a heart problem for the last one-and-a-half years, could get a new lease of life.

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