Harvested liver zips to Pune from Nashik in 3 hours, thanks to green corridor

Pune: A 49-year-old man suffering from a chronic liver disease was given a new lease of life after the liver of a 55-year-old woman was transplanted in him at a Pune hospital.

The liver being brought to Pune’s Sahyadri Hospital
The liver being brought to Pune’s Sahyadri Hospital

A green corridor between Nashik and Pune made this feat possible. The arrangement reduced the travel time to three hours from the usual six.

The liver donor was admitted in Sahyadri Hospital in Nashik on May 7 for hypertensive intracranial bleeding. Since she did not respond to the treatment, she was declared brain dead on May 9.

The hospital team then counselled the relatives of the woman for organ donation. The relatives readily agreed.

The liver was then made ready for transport. Last morning, the liver was harvested and taken via the green corridor from Nashik at 11.30 am. It reached the Sahyadri Hospital in Pune at around 3.06 pm.

Dr. Prashantha Rao, Liver Transplant Surgeon of Sahyadri Hospital said, “The decision by brain dead patient’s family to donate her liver to a needy patient is worth appreciating.”

Since Sahyadri Hospital in Nashik is not an official centre for organ retrieval, the donor was transferred to an official organ retrieval centre in Nashik. The liver was allocated to Sahyadri Hospital in Pune, according to ZTCC rules and regulations.

The hospital’s liver transplant team immediately travelled to Nashik to carry out the organ retrieval procedure.

Coordinated efforts
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) (Pune city) Sarang Awhad said, “As per the requirement, a green corridor was created between Nashik and Sahyadri Hospital for unhindered transportation of the liver. The distance of 210 km was covered in just three hours and 25 minutes. The green corridor was a result of the planned and coordinated efforts of the traffic division between the two districts.”

Dr Alapini Thopte, Manager operations Sahyadri Hospital said, “Usually, it takes more than six hours to travel from Nashik to Pune by road, thanks to the green corridor this transportation was achieved in just three hours. ZTCC coordinator Aarti Gokhale was instrumental in coordinating the corridor.”

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