Mangaluru, April 14, 2015: In a first in the history of Dakshina Kannada district, vital organs including heart value, liver and kidney of a brain dead youth from Belloor in Bantwal was taken to Bengaluru from the AJ Hospital in the city on April 13, Monday night.
For the very first time a green corridor and zero traffic zone was created in the city upto a distance of 11 kms from AJ Hospital to the Mangaluru International Airport so that the special ice box carrying the vital organs reach the airport on time within 12 minutes and transported from there to Bengaluru by a special aircraft that had arrived from HAL Airport in Bengaluru.
The youth whose organs were thus transported is Jeevan Vijay Fernandes (24) who was seriously injured in a bike accident at Adyar on April 10, Friday night and was brain dead due to critical head injuries. The mishap had occurred when Jeevan had applied sudden brake to avoid hitting a pedestrian who was crossing the road.
When the doctors declared him brain dead after two days of treatment failed, his family decided to donate his vital organs. Though the doctors even removed his cornea, they were not transported to Bengaluru. His liver was taken to the BGS Hospital, while heart valve was transported to the Narayana Hridayalaya.
The two hour procedure of removing the organs was done by two surgeons from AJ Hospital along with a team from Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCKT), Bengaluru
Jeevan was working as an automobile spare parts salesman and was the third son out of the four children of Jerome and Gracy Fernandes. His sister was scheduled to be married on May 4 and his father a cancer patient.
Dr Sudheesh Rao, ICU Specialist at AJ Hospital said the organs thus transported will have to reach their destination within 45 minutes to be placed in a special solution before transplantation to needy patients.
As many as 30 police personnel ensured in the successful creation of Green Corridor.