Thai netizens’ hearts warmed by heroic duo’s life-saving heart delivery, rain or shine

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Thai netizens showered praise upon a dedicated traffic police officer and doctor for their successful efforts in delivering a life-saving heart organ from a hospital in Samut Sakhon province to Bangkok, despite heavy rain and severe traffic jams.

The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated, as a heart can remain viable outside the human body for no more than four hours. The entire process of transporting the organ to the awaiting recipient and performing the heart transplant had to be completed within this time frame.

On the evening of September 11, a medical professional from the Organ Donation Centre of the Thai Red Cross reached out for assistance from the traffic police officers to facilitate the delivery of a vital heart from Samut Sakhon Hospital to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

The distance between the two locations is about 40 kilometres and takes about one hour to drive. However, there was heavy rain and traffic jams during that time, so an ordinary trip with the hospital’s vehicle might put the heart at risk.

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Six traffic police officers responded to the call and rushed to the hospital for the operation. A police sub-lieutenant Sakchai Krasaesarn responsible for riding a motorcycle to send the doctor and a heart in a container to Siriraj Hospital.

Meanwhile, the remaining four traffic officers, including Police Sergeant Major Siwa Jitfan, Police Sergeant Major Ploy Nuengmatcha, Sergeant Major Watcharanon Kongsinjiraporn, Police Sergeant Kittiphum Paengbutdee, and Police Sergeant Panyasin Pabao, rode ahead to clear the path.

The team successfully delivered the heart to the hospital and saved the life of the awaiting patient. ThaiRath reported that this marked the 73rd successful heart delivery executed by the traffic police.

The traffic police also encourage people to donate organs as there are more than 6,000 patients across the nation waiting for organ transplants.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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