Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, chief cardiothoracic surgeon at Apollo Hospitals in Mumbai, displayed exceptional commitment to his duty when he ignored his own injuries sustained in an accident and performed a life-saving lung transplant surgery in Chennai. The accident occurred while Dr Jadhav was traveling with a medical team, transporting harvested lungs from a hospital near Pune to a patient in Chennai. Despite the accident, Dr Jadhav proceeded with the scheduled surgery and successfully performed the transplant on a 26-year-old patient.
The accident took place in Pimpri-Chinchwad township, causing significant damage to the ambulance. However, Dr Jadhav and his medical team quickly transferred the harvested lungs to another vehicle and reached the airport, where a chartered plane was waiting to transport the organ to Chennai. The lungs had been retrieved from a 19-year-old man who committed suicide earlier that day at D Y Patil Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad. The viability of the lungs is typically around six hours, necessitating a timely transfer to Chennai for the transplant.
Due to Dr Jadhav’s quick action and dedication, the surgery was successfully completed in Chennai, providing the patient with a new lease on life. Dr Jadhav expressed satisfaction with the outcome and emphasized the importance of transporting the organ within the specified time frame. The details surrounding the accident and the condition of the other injured medical team members were not provided in the report.