Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ATC, cops show heart, save life

Well-coordinated efforts by airport authority, the police and the public gave new lease of life to a 47-year-old heart transplant patient. Authorities at Ahmedabad airport allowed a plane carrying the transplant organ from Bhavnagar a priority landing while the traffic cops created a green corridor with the help of volunteers from public so that the organ could be transported quickly to a private hospital in Sola. The heart was donated by a 37-yearold man who was killed in a road accident. On Monday, the air traffic controller at Ahmedabad airport allowed a chartered plane to make a priority landing after learning that it was transporting an organ for transplant.
“Keeping in mind that time is of essence in organ transplant cases, the air traffic controller made an exception and allowed the chartered plane to make a priority landing,” airport sources said. During such landing, the air traffic controller keeps the airspace clear to facilitate quick landing. Airport Director A K Sharma said, “It was our duty to help as in such situation time matters. We try to do the best to help out. We should also appreciate efforts of the police and people who created the green corridor for the ambulance.” The organ was harvested at 8.15 am and arrived at Ahmedabad airport at 9.30 am.
Once the heart arrived at the Ahmedabad airport, the traffic cops sprang into action and created a green corridor so that the ambulance carrying the transplant organ doesn’t hit any traffic jam on its way to the hospital in Sola.
20/12/16 Alok Brahmbhatt/Ahmedabad Mirror 
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