Wednesday, September 02, 2020

From Bengaluru to Srinagar, plasma flown for positive woman

Bengaluru: Help and hope arrived for a 60-year-old Covid-infected woman in Srinagar on Tuesday morning, from 3,000km down south, in a special flight operation. Within hours of an SOS call from the patient’s family, plasma from a recovered Bengaluru patient was organised and despatched on connecting flights, via Delhi.

The Bengaluru patient, who wished to remain unidentified, came forward to donate plasma on hearing of the elderly woman’s worsening condition. The entire airlifting of the plasma units was coordinated by a team of doctors from HCG Cancer Hospital, Bengaluru.

The team received a call from a relative of the Srinagar patient late Monday evening. “We were able to quickly arrange for the plasma with the help of a matching donor who had recovered from Covid recently. We reached out to the IndiGo team where Captain Rahul Srivatasava came forward to assist us in flying the plasma effectively and safely to Srinagar with help of the IndiGo cargo team,” said Dr US Vishal Rao, associate dean of HCG Cancer Hospital.

The two units of plasma required for the patient reached KIA late Monday night. The plasma units were transported on IndiGo CarGo from Bengaluru to Srinagar via connecting flights on Tuesday morning. “The plasma was first flown from Bengaluru to Delhi on 6E 363 followed by the connecting flight from Delhi to Srinagar 6E 2486. The plasma was in transit for over eight hours and delivered successfully at the government hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday,” IndiGo said in reply to a TOI query.
02/09/20 Sunitha Rao R/Times of India
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