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Live heart air transported from Pune to Delhi

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Donor heart from 47-year-old male was retrieved after he was declared brain dead for a 34-year-old female from Delhi

A team of doctors from Fortis Escorts, Okhla retrieved a live donor heart in Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune earlier today. The live heart was air transported from Pune to Delhi. A 18.4 kms long green corridor was created from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport to Fortis Escorts in Okhla that swiftly transported the live heart in less than 21:20 minutes at the peak of traffic hours. The team of doctors was led by Dr ZS Meharwal, Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery, VAD & Heart Transplantation Programme, Dr Vishal Rastogi, Head, Heart Failure Clinic at FEHI and Dr Naveen Saraf, Principal Consultant, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Fortis Escorts, Okhla (FEHI).

The team was alerted by National Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) about a possible donor heart in Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune earlier today. The team immediately left for Pune at 03:10 AM today to retrieve the heart. The donor heart along with the team boarded the flight at 03:30 PM and reached IGI Delhi at 05:40 PM. The ambulance swiftly completed the 18.4 kms long stretch in 21:20 minutes amidst traffic rush.

The donor heart from a 47-year-old male was retrieved after he was declared brain dead. It was shortlisted by NOTTO for a 34-year-old female from Delhi. She has been getting treatment from Dr Rastogi. However, her condition reached a critical condition almost a month ago and was on levosimandon infusion support since then.

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