PUNE: A liver was transported from Pune airport to Aditya Birla Hospital in Chinchwad in a record time of 15 minutes via a green corridor on Thursday evening.
The liver was retrieved from a donor, who was brain dead, from Gondia. It was flown from Nagpur to Pune to save the life of a 66-year-old woman patient in city.
According to the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Pune, this is the 33rd liver transplant in the city since January 2017.
The donor from Gondia has donated his heart, liver, two kidneys, two eyes and skin saving seven other lives.
The liver reached the Pune airport by a private plane at 4.30 pm on Thursday evening. It was then transported to the Aditya Birla Hospital for further surgery.
The recipient was waiting for the liver since August 6 and was registered with ZTCC, Pune. Dr Ravi Mohanka and his team operated on the recipient.
Arti Gokhale, Coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Pune, said the donor was from Nagpur.
“A 48-year-old man was brought from Gondia for treatment as he was bleeding in the brain. He was admitted to the Neuron Hospital at Dhantoli on August 22. The patient’s condition was critical and was soon declared brain dead. The patient was shifted to the Orange City Hospital and Researchers Institution in the afternoon. The family signed the consent form to donate all possible organs, eyes and skin. As is the practice, the kidneys, eyes and skin were donated at Nagpur,” said Gokhale.
She said details were further conveyed to the State Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO), Mumbai, which distributed other organs.
“Liver was allocated to Aditya Birla Hospital in Pune while heart was allocated to Global Hospital in Mumbai. The heart and liver retrieval team reached Nagpur by a chartered plane on Thursday around 11.30 am from Mumbai. The organs were taken to Mumbai and Pune for transplantation. Organs were transported via the green corridor,” said Gokhale.
“All city police officers played a very crucial role in this. The eyes and skin donations were also done after the retrieval of organs,” Gokhale further added.