In a nation where population and traffic remain the biggest problem for every chaos we face, the reality of ”green corridors” is slowly simmering its presence under blame games. The blame games on the administration, doctors, traffic, police and innumerable problems of India often underrate the brilliant steps budding underneath.
”Green corridor” is a special on-road route to enable harvested organs like heart and liver to travel to another hospital where it’s needed for transplant. Here, street signals are manually operated to avoid red lights and peak traffic.
In the last few years, Indian police has successfully managed to save a number of lives through timely delivery of organs via green corridors.
01. Heart transplant in Chennai, 2014
This was the first case in India where green corridor was used to cater to a medical emergency. A 12km distance which usually takes more than 45 minutes to cover took less than 14 minutes to transport a heart from Government General Hospital to Fortis Malar Hospitals in Adyar. The heart extracted from a 27-year-old man was transplanted into a 21-year old student at the hospital. The teams at both the hospitals were in constant touch and the traffic police ensured a safe and speedy passage for the organ.
02. Green corridor in the peak traffic of Mumbai, 2015
A cadaver heart was transported from Kalina airport to Mulund hospital in Mumbai. The green corridor covered this 20-kilometre stretch in as much as 18 minutes. The heart was harvested from a brain-dead person in Pune, airlifted to Mumbai and brought to Fortis Hospital in Mulund for a 22-year old young man suffering from heart ailment.
A heart was transported from Bengaluru to Chennai via flight and the police did a commendable job in transporting the heart from the airport to the Global hospital in a matter of just 14 minutes. The distance was 15.5km but with 24 policemen deployed and an assistant commissioner along with three inspectors on duty, the mission was successfully fulfilled.
Two green corridors were formed to transport live heart and liver airlifted from IGI Airport to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon and Institue of Liver and biliary Sciences in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The Gurgaon and Delhi Police coordinated to form two green corridors to transport two live organs from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport to a private hospital in Gurgaon and another hospital in Delhi. The heart was transported through an 18-kilometre green corridor to Gurgaon and the heart was transplanted to a 35-year old woman in Delhi. Traffic was blocked at all entry and exit points on NH-8 to enable organs to reach on time.
05. Two green corridors in a day at Pune, May 2016
In a first in Pune, two green corridors were created in the city of Pune to give life to two critically ill patients. The first corridor was created from Nashik to Pune when the liver of a brain-dead 55-year-old woman was brought to Sahyadri Hospital for transplant in a 49-year-old patient with the chronic liver disease. The traffic police created the corridor between Moshi toll booth to Sahyadri Hospital covering a distance of 25.6 kilometres in 22 minutes between 2.45 pm and 3.07 pm. Earlier in the day, a corridor was created between Ruby Hall Hospital and Pune airport and a distance of 7.6 km was covered by the ambulance in eight minutes between 11.02 am and 11.10 am. A woman had been declared brain-dead at this hospital and with the consent of her family, her heart was transplanted in a 16-year-old girl suffering from restrictive cardiomyopathy at Fortis Hospital in Mumbai.
The two corridors were able to smoothly work because of administration’s advance planning with smart execution.
“Detailed charts were prepared as soon as we got intimations about the need for green corridors. To make sure that road traffic is least affected, we made a chart and instructions were given on wireless to the respective points where our men were deployed. Due to the planning, the traffic flow was stopped for a minimum time span for the ambulances to pass.” says DCP Sarang Awadh of Pune.
The green corridors have been catching up immensely with over six green corridors formed in Gurgaon over last year and more throughout the country. Very recently a kidney was transported in Noida through a well managed green corridor. Interestingly, a film based on a true-story called ”Traffic” starring Manoj Bajpayye and Divya Dutta was also released in May this year highlighting how green corridors with effective police and traffic management is helping save lives. We can continue playing the blame-game when it comes to our country but the truth is there are zillions of stories around us paving the way for a better India.