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Air Ambulance used for first time in Kerala to transport heart

Friday, Jul 24, 2015,22:37 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Dornier when landed in Kochi naval airport around 7.30 PM on Friday.

Dornier when landed in Kochi naval airport around 7.30 PM on Friday.

Thiruvananthapuram | In a first such effort in organ transplantation in Kerala, an air ambulance — a Naval aircraft — was used to transport a heart harvested from a brain dead patient here for a recipient in Kochi. The air ambulance was arranged to airlift the heart following the intervention of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, official sources said.
A team of doctors who arrived here from Kochi by 1.30 pm, harvested the organ from Neelakantan Sharma, declared brain dead this morning at the Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology here. Sharma, who was suffering from paralysis, had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since July 5.
The harvest surgery was completed around 6.30 pm and the heart was immediately taken to the airport from where Navy’s Dornier aircraft transported it to Kochi for transplantation on Mathews, a patient at the Lissie Hospital, hospital officials said.

 

The ambulance service kept ready to transport the heart from Nedumbassery airport to Kaloor Lissie hospital.

The ambulance service kept ready to transport the heart from Naval airport to Kaloor Lissie hospital.

Dornier starts from Thiruvananthapuram airport carrying the heart meant for transplantation.

Dornier starts from Thiruvananthapuram airport carrying the heart meant for transplantation.