Published on 13/01/2012
Medics in Mexico have created a media storm by accidently dropping a human heart onto the pavement whilst rushing to a waiting transplant patient.
The heart had been flown 450km from Leon, Guanajuanto to the Centro Medico de Enfermedades Reumaticas in Mexico City by police helicopter.
After landing in a Mexico City street, two medics rushed to deliver the heart to the hospital in its cooler container.
But in their hurry they tipped the container and the plastic wrapped heart fell out onto the pavement.
The medics scooped the heart up with bare hands and put it back into its ice container, leaving a bag of saline behind them.
A heart deemed suitable for transplantation can survive for between four and six hours if packed in ice for transplantation.
Falcony Rodrigo Lopez, director of the hospital, confirmed to local media that the operation had been a success.
He told reporters: "It was a trip on one of the potholes on the road. Its arrival was a bit scary but fortunately it all went well. Because we had the heart perfectly protected as it was packed in three layers."
Heart transplants are carried out on patients suffering end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease.
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