Unsung Heroes: Pune Hospital felicitates ‘the saviours’ who make green corridors possible

The heroic act of saving a life is often credited to a doctor or hospital - after all, they make intricate procedures like organ donation a reality. However, the people who often go unnoticed are the catalysts of support in this endeavour

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Whether it be the police who creates a green corridor every time an organ needs to be transported to a hospital; the airport in-charge who prompted swift transfers; or the family who took the brave decision of donating a loved one’s organs – each person is an essential link in the chain of organ donation, each one equally vital in the journey of gifting a new lease of life.

A green corridor is a demarcated route cleared out for an ambulance carrying harvested organs in the shortest time possible and coordination is the most crucial factor in making these a success.

Commemorating a hundred green corridors in the city, Ruby Hall Clinic saluted the ‘Unsung Heroes’ who make the process of organ donation successful.

During the felicitation program, people apart from medical background were felicitated for contributing to the process of organ donation.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. K. Venkatesham, Commissioner of Police, Pune said, “As part of the police force, it has always been our duty to help care for the lives of our fellow countrymen. We are honoured to play our role with the creation of green corridors and it has only been the support and cooperation we have received that has made this successful.”

He added, “We’ve made strides and look forward to collaborating for many more opportunities. This appreciation entails us to be more responsible and what will give us happiness is being ethical through the principals and values we believe in.”

In India, every day, at least 15 patients lose their lives waiting for an organ, and every 10 minutes, a new name is added to this waiting list. With organ donation rate standing at 0.8 per million of the population, the country is struggling with an acute shortage of organs for transplantation.

However, recent years have witnessed aggressive efforts being made to bridge this gap with increased awareness programmes, family counselling, and even the use of green corridors.

Organs generally have a short preservation time, which means that there are only a few hours within which the entire process — right from harvesting and transportation to the final transplantation surgery — must be completed.

Aarti Gokhale, Coordinator ZTCC, narrated some of the earlier experiences and interactions with the police. She hailed both the city and rural police for their complete dedication to green corridor.

Prasad Kulkarni, President PUWJ, recalled his experience about the first green corridor in 2015, and said that there was a lot of positivity about the news in our newsroom as somebody was about to get a new lease of life.

“It has always been our vision to propagate the concept of organ donation as being the gift of life. Every single person, right from our team of doctors to support staff and even social workers go the extra mile to ensure every opportunity is utilised at our Multi-organ Transplant Centre. With this felicitation programme, we hope to acknowledge and say thank you to each and every one — both within and outside our hospital — who make this process a reality,” explained Dr Purvez Grant, Managing Trustee, Ruby Hall Clinic.

Dr Sanjay Pathare gave a brief presentation about the current scenario of organ transplants, while Dr Kishor Pujari delivered the vote of thanks .