Chennai, October 2017: An interstate green corridor was created from Mumbai to Chennai to transport a live heart for transplant at Fortis Malar Hospital in Chennai. The 61 year old recipient from Lebanon, who has been waiting for a month in organ waitlist, was suffering from Cardiomyopathy that required an urgent heart transplant. The team of doctors, that performed a successful transplant surgery, was led by Dr K R Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences and Dr Suresh Rao, Head of Department of Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac Critical Care at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai.
The harvested heart was retrieved at 12:30 PM in Mumbai. A green corridor was created to cover a distance of 35 kilometers within 40 minutes during peak traffic hours from Apollo Hospital in Nerul to airport in Mumbai. The heart was then flown in a flight to Chennai at 04:05 PM and reached Fortis Malar at 4:36 PM. Another intercity corridor was created to transport the harvested heart from the Chennai airport to Fortis Malar Hospital in Adyar in 26 minutes to cover a distance of 12 kilometers.
The heart became available when kin of Chetan Tailor, shopkeeper decided to donate his organs. When the 43 years old Chetan was admitted in Apollo Hospital, he was diagnosed to have bleeding in the brain stem. On Thursday, the patient was then declared brain dead. The heart was a match for the 61 year old patient at Fortis Malar.
About Fortis Healthcare Limited:
Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 10,000 potential beds and 368 diagnostic centres.
About Fortis Malar Hospital:
Fortis Malar Hospital was acquired by Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited in early 2008. The hospital founded in 1992, is established as one of the largest corporate hospitals in Chennai providing quality super specialty and multi-specialty healthcare services. Fortis Malar Hospitals, with 180 beds, focuses on providing comprehensive medical care in the areas of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Diabetics, Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Fortis Malar Hospital has a state of the art Cath Lab and multiple dedicated cardiac operation theatres and intensive coronary care units. Several rare and complex Adult and Paediatric Cardiac surgeries, Orthopedic and Joint replacements, Neurosurgeries and Plastic reconstruction surgeries have been performed at this hospital. The hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology services are among the busiest in the city, successfully performing many complicated deliveries and surgeries. They are supported by a dedicated Neonatology unit.