To Save a Man’s Life During Caurfew Unrest Doctors Cross Karnataka-TN Border


In a daring midnight medical mission on Thursday a team of doctors showed an amazing dedication.

In between the curfew, from Bangalore to Tamil Nadu they travelled with a patient under the cover of darkness, to do a liver transplant that saved his life.

To the doctors from Manipal hospital this 55 year old diabetes patient will be forever thankful as he was waiting for a liver transplant for two years. Dr A Olithselvan whoi is hematologist more than being restricted by the orders on movement ban in Bangalore, the doctors decided that saving a person’s life was more crucial. The donor had been brain dead since Wednesday in Tamil Nadu therefore it was extremely urgent that they reach the hospital well in time.

Seeing the tension in both the states it would have been very easy to deny the liver transfer, We would have overlooked the donor’s wish of gifting a new life to someone who is on the death bed. Despite being in immense tension, we decided to ignore the risk.

Dr Olithselvan said the risk was huge when the team of doctors decided to set on this mission. It was a four hour journey from Bangalore to Salem, but this four hour journey seemed like an time without end.

Till the Tamil Nadu border we travelled in a Karnataka-registered ambulance. And we hopped off the vehicle there. We tore off the wheelchair fixed to the ambulance left with no option we made the recipient sit on it and wheeled it for a kilometre in the darkness till we crossed the border and reached a TN-registered ambulance waiting for us. The cops at the border were shocked to see the sight.

It was near dawn that the team of doctors reached the hospital. The surgery was successful and it took 12 hours for the surgery to end. Dr Olithselvan said when looked at his family who were filled with joy and also the smile on the patient’s face made us extremely happy and that was the moment when we realized that the risk we took was worth taking.