VISAKHAPATNAM: Allapati Suryanarayana (27) who was declared brain dead after sustaining grievous injuries in an accident while travelling from Srikakulam to Vizag on Thursday, became an extraordinary man in death after his organs were harvested to save the lives of others. Suryanarayana’s parents consented to donate his organs after learning that he was brain dead.
Transplant coordinator Sankar Ganesh told Express that the Visakhapatnam Traffic Police, Care Hospital authorities and airline managements helped tremendously in the shifting of the organs. City police arranged a green corridor from Care Hospitals to the airport, and sped the lungs to the airport in under a record 16 minutes. Usually, it would take over an hour to reach the airport in peak hours.
Airline staff received the organs at 1.23 pm and shifted them to Chennai by flight. The plane, which took off here at 1.39 pm landed in Chennai at 4.15 pm, and reached the hospital after a further 20-minute journey from the airport.
A team of surgeons led by Dr. Govini Balasubramani harvested the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver at New Care Hospital, Maharanipeta. Sources from the hospital said that while the heart cannot be used for transplantation, the hospital had retained a kidney and the liver. Apollo Hospitals, Vizag, accepted the other kidney and carried out a transplation.
This is the second event in the city in the recent past involving accident victims nobly donating organs.