Bengaluru: Little did 23-year-old Abhishekh know that his heart would save a 47-year-old’s life in 11 minutes flat!
Even the ugly, unending traffic snarls, which the city of Bengaluru is known for, did not deter the city’s police force. The Bengaluru Traffic Police, on Wednesday, with only one-hour prior intimation from Victoria Hospital, pulled off what can be called an ‘unimaginable’ feat.
About 35 traffic policemen of Bengaluru Traffic Police, in a record time of merely 11 minutes, managed to form a green corridor to transport the heart of a donor from Victoria Hospital in KR Market to MS Ramaiah Hospital in Mathikere, Bengaluru, where it was transplanted in a 47-year-old woman. And all this was done during peak-hour traffic, at one of the most chock-a-block junctions of Bengaluru city.
On May 29, Abhishekh, 23, a male patient from Ramanagara was first admitted to PMSSY Hospital in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) with a head injury. He was then shifted to Nimhans and later to Victoria Hospital in the city.
Early Wednesday morning, Abhishekh was declared brain dead and his family immediately decided to go ahead and donate his organs. What then followed was incredible.
The Victoria hospital staff informed the police in the Chamarajpet area of the city about the emergency. The Chamarajpet traffic inspector then alerted the control room and the traffic police then set to work to set up a green corridor all the way to MS Ramaiah Hospital.
DCP Traffic West S Girish said, “We were given just one hour and the entire route was filled with busy junctions. Immediately, six traffic inspectors (K R Market, Ulsoor Gate, Upparpet, High Grounds, Sadashivanagar, R T Nagar) were alerted and the police constables, head constables and other cops were asked to take complete control and avoid any obstructions or jams en route.”