MGM Healthcare Creates ‘Green Corridor’ to Save Teen.
MGM Healthcare Creates ‘Green Corridor’ to Save Teen
§ Donor heart and lung flown down to Chennai from Coimbatore
§ ‘Green Corridors’ created in both the cities
§ 4-hour-long transplantation procedure at MGM Healthcare
Chennai, November 7, 2019: MGM Healthcare, a super-specialty quaternary care
hospital in the heart of the city, today announced the successful completion
of its first heart and lung transplant. The 4-hour-long procedure was led by
Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan, who recently took charge as the Chairman & Director
of Cardiac Sciences and Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at
MGM Healthcare, and his team of transplant specialists including Dr. Suresh
Rao K. G., Dr. Srinath V. and Dr. Ganapathy Subramaniam.
The transplant was performed on a 16-year-old boy from Karnataka.
MGM Healthcare received an alert in the wee hours of the morning about a
41-year-old brain dead male patient (Blood Group: O+ve) at a private
hospital in Coimbatore, who was an organ donor. The cause of brain death was
reported to be a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of
stroke caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain.
MGM Healthcare immediately confirmed the requirement. The 16-year-old boy
was diagnosed with a congenital cyanotic heart disease with severe pulmonary
artery hypertension with a single ventricle. His family had visited major
hospitals across the country in the past but doctors were unable to help
him. When he came to Dr KR Balakrishnan, he was found to have bleeding in
the lungs and was put on ECMO, a life-saving advanced intensive care
technology, on October 22, 2019. It was declared that the heart and lungs
was beyond repair and he would need an immediate heart and lung transplant
if he was to have a fighting chance.
The boy was already registered on the waiting list handled by National Organ
and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Post registration, he was
waiting for a suitable donor. Once the deceased patient in Coimbatore was
identified based on medical compatibility, the recipient was informed about
the possibility of a transplant taking place.
The respective Traffic Police Departments in both Coimbatore and Chennai
opened ‘Green Corridors’ for road travel from the private hospital in
Coimbatore happy wheels to Coimbatore Airport; and from Chennai Airport to MGM
Healthcare. The organs landed in Chennai at 12:00 noon and were given
priority exit from Gate 6. The ambulance with the organs reached MGM
Healthcare from Chennai Airport in 18 minutes flat, which under normal
traffic conditions would have taken anywhere between an hour to an hour and
a half to cover.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prashanth Rajagopalan, Director, MGM
Healthcare said, “With cutting-edge technology, advanced facilities and
top-notch clinical expertise, it is no wonder that in just a short span of a
few months, our hospital has seen over 25,000 patients, performed over 800
surgeries, including 3 renal transplants. And today, we perform our first
heart-lung transplant. It’s indeed a proud moment for MGM Healthcare; an
instance where various state machineries including the Traffic Police
Department, Airport Authorities and last, but not the least, the common man
commuting on the city roads who gave way for the heart and lungs to reach us
fast, became an integral part of our ‘Healthcaring Movement’. I would like
to take this opportunity to thank each and every one who supported us in
giving a fresh lease of life to the young boy.”
For more details on cardiac care and / or heart & lung transplants, one may
reach out to MGM Healthcare at +91 44 4524 2424 or
About MGM Healthcare
MGM Healthcare, a quaternary care hospital in the heart of the city, has 400
beds, 100 ICU beds, 250+ doctors, 12 Centres of Excellence, 30+ departments,
12 operation theatres and 24×7 emergency care. MGM Healthcare offers many
technological advancements which include cutting-edge developments such as a
3 Tesla MRI scanner, biplane cath lab, an advanced mammogram machine, a
wireless fetal monitoring system, an IoT-enabled ICU charting system and a
neuronavigation system. The combined expertise of an experienced team of
surgeons, physicians, technicians, nurses, paramedical, administrative and
maintenance staff – led by Dr. Prashanth Rajagopalan, Director and Dr. Rahul
Menon, CEO – ensures highly personalized care of the finest quality.