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BGS Global pulls off complex transplant drill, saves lives

A critically ill 40-year-old man in Chennai lives on because of an incredible act of compassion of a bereaved family and the timely intervention of the BGS Global Hospitals backed by hospitals, police forces and airports in two cities.

After their grim battle to rescue a 30-year-old lady who had suffered a deadly head injury in a road accident ended in failure, doctors at the BGS Global Hospitals in Bangalore approached her devastated family with a request. “Will you consider donating her organs?” they asked. “It could save several lives.”

Despite the terrible loss, this shattered family found the moral compassion to rise above its grief and say yes. The rest, as they say, is remarkable history. Within three hours of it being harvested, the heart was in the Fortis Hospital in Chennai ready for the transplant procedure that saved a life.

In Bangalore, the deceased lady’s kidneys and liver were transplanted on three different patients, two of them at the Global Hospitals, giving them a new lease of life.

Credit for the successful heart transplant well within the permissible time limits for such procedures, must go to the family of the deceased and the role played by this hospital in executing a complex process with clock-work precision.

“The process involved getting several agencies in two different cities working together toe-to-toe without missing a step,” says Dr N K Venkataramanaa, eminent neurosurgeon and Vice Chairman of the BGS Global Hospitals in Bangalore. “We coordinated with the traffic police, airports and airline authorities in two cities to ensure that the heart could move swiftly from our hospital to the Fortis in Chennai, without a hitch through a process technically described as a “green corridor.’’

At the core of this extraordinary life-saving mission was a multi-speciality medical team, transplant coordinator Mrs Sarala A, a support and logistics crew coordinated by Mr B Kumar and the DCP Traffic (West) in Bangalore Mr S Girish. The rescue act set an exemplary example of how hospitals could coordinate with ambulance services and police forces to save lives.

Every accident victim is a VIP (very injured person) whose life can be saved with such rapid and well-coordinated intervention.

THE MEDICAL TEAM

  • Transplant team
  • Cardiac team
  • Liver team
  • Nepho-uro team
  • Anaesthesia team
  • Critical care team

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