One patient got a life-saving organ transplant last week in California, but it was an exciting story.
On Friday afternoon, the transport helicopter carried the donor heart to Keck Hospital of USC in LA, but it crashed as it tried to land on the roof.
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The incident is caught on camera, and the video shows that the helicopter lost control in a short distance from the hospital’s helipad. Luckily, the aircraft landed on its side, so no one was seriously injured. The BBC reported that two passengers and the pilot suffered only minor injuries.
Firefights managed to recover the organ from the wreckage and gave it to the doctors.
As if what happened wasn’t tragic enough, the medical worker who carried the heart tripled while walking on the roof. It was also caught on camera.
“I can see that happening because there’s a lot of debris that’s on the landing pad itself,” a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson told the news station.
However, the heart remained in good condition and was transplanted to the patient.
“On Friday, Nov. 6, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a helicopter crashed on the helipad on the roof of Keck Hospital of USC,” Keck said in a statement. “The passengers aboard the helicopter are being treated locally. Nobody on the ground or in the hospital was injured, and patient care has not been disrupted.”
“Keck Medicine is working closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department to manage and investigate the incident,” the hospital continued, in part. “The helicopter was carrying a heart for transplant. The organ is currently being safely transplanted.”
More than 20 people die every day while waiting for organ transplants, and they are more than 114,000 people waiting to get a life-saving organ.