Kolhapur-Pune green corridor saves patient’s life

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pune: A green corridor was created on Saturday between Aster Adhar Hospital in Kolhapur and Jupiter Hospital in Pune to save the life of a 60-year-old patient in the end stages of a liver disease. The distance was covered in less than three hours with the help of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) and the traffic police.

Pune: A green corridor was created on Saturday between Aster Adhar Hospital in Kolhapur and Jupiter Hospital in Pune to save the life of a 60-year-old patient in the end stages of a liver disease. The distance was covered in less than three hours with the help of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) and the traffic police.

The journey normally takes six hours. The traffic team led by Vishwas Nagare Patil, IGP Kolhapur, and Ashok Morale, DCP Pune, played a pivotal role. Along with them, over 100 policemen created the green corridor by stopping traffic and allowing free and continued passage to the vehicle transporting the liver.

The liver was harvested in Kolhapur at noon and was in Baner by 7.30 pm. The 33-year-old donor was declared brain dead on Friday after a road accident on April 30. His family volunteered to donate his organs, which gave a new lease of life to the patient in Pune.

The deceased also saved three more lives by donating his heart to a patient in Mumbai and a kidney to another one in Kolhapur and another kidney to a patient in Solapur.

Dr Sharan Narute, liver transplant surgeon of Jupiter Hospitals, said the decision by the brain dead patient’s family to donate his liver to the needy patient is worth appreciating.

“It is very important to note that through organ donation, one man can give a new lease of life to another man. Jupiter Hospital is trying its level best to increase awareness about organ donation. Society will be benefited if more people like this come forward for organ donation,” said Dr Narute. The liver recipient had hepatic artery thrombosis.

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