On Wednesday, July 15, Chethan R from Mandya district of Karnataka, met with an accident at his workplace in Peenya Industrial area, in which his cervical spinal cord was severely damaged.
Chethan was admitted to Sagar Hospital on Bannerghatta Road in south Bengaluru, when, he was declared brain-dead on Wednesday, July 22. [Bengaluru does it again: Live heart successfully airlifted to Hyderabad]
With his family's consent, his live heart was harvested and transported to Narayana Hrudayalaya near Anekal, Electronic city, at a distance of 24 kms, where an old man from Patna was receiving treatment, from last four months.
To carry out the sensitive procedure in a smooth manner, Bengaluru Traffic Police created a "green corridor", to avoid traffic disruption.
According to TOI report, at 2.12 pm, the ambulance carrying the live heart left from the hospital and reached Narayana Hrudayalaya at 2.37 pm.
Within 25 minutes, a distance of 24 kms was covered, without any traffic obstacle. ['Live' Heart flown in from Bangalore to Chennai transplanted successfully]
The surgery lasted for nearly three hours. Patna's man had been waiting for a heart transplant surgery from over two months. [Live heart transplant in Bangalore]
Chethan's bereaved father, Ramanna M, a farmer from Maddur town in Mandya, told TOI, "I lost my son. Let his life be useful for others. I don't want any praise for the same." [Bengaluru does it again: Live heart carried to Chennai to donate life]
Besides heart, kidney, liver and corneas were also harvested. Liver and kidney were trasported to Apollo hospital while kidney was transplanted to a patient in Sagar hospital itself.