On Saturday morning, policemen from Krapkowice (Opolskie Province) piloted vehicles on the A4 motorway twice, so that the heart transplant would take place as planned. First, they paved the way for the doctor, an hour later for an ambulance carrying an organ.
On August 21, around 9 a.m., the officer of the Krapkowice Police received a call from a doctor driving along the A4 motorway. The medic said that he urgently needed to get to one of the hospitals in Lower Silesia to operate on a patient who was waiting for a heart transplant. On the road, however, he encountered difficulties. All because the motorway at the height of Krapkowice is under renovation, and on Saturday morning there was a traffic jam of several kilometers there. The transplantologist was afraid that he would not make it to the hospital.
Two escorts within an hour
– The policemen immediately rushed to the rescue and convinced the doctor over all the obstacles on the road, thanks to which he could efficiently reach the hospital. In the meantime, the doctor told the officers that he was also worried about the successful passage of the ambulance, which took the heart and left the Silesian Voivodeship about an hour later – says Rafał Lejczak from the police in Krapkowice.
At the request of the medic, the police contacted the transplant coordinator. The patrol was waiting for the ambulance a few kilometers before the traffic jam. At the height of St. Anna, the policemen took up the convoy.
– Thanks to their reaction, the heart quickly reached the patient, who is already after surgery. The drivers who create the “corridor of life” also deserve praise – adds Lejczak.
Main photo source: KPP Krapkowice