Moment Donor Heart Dropped On Floor Twice After Helicopter Delivering It Crashed
A heart set to be used for transplant fell after the helicopter ambulance used to transport it crashed into a hospital helipad and then a medic recovered the heart and dropped it again.
The chopper crash-landed shortly after 3pm on Friday, November 6, but it is not yet known how the incident occurred.
Video footage shows the helicopter flipped on its side, surrounded by red liquid that appears to be blood.
A crew member miraculously recovers the heart from the chopper, before handing it to a medical professional who quickly walks off to take it to surgery.
However, as he is walking across the helipad, he accidentally trips on a metal plate on the floor, falls to the ground and drops the organ.
Medical personnel quickly rush over and scoop up the heart from the floor, before taking it down for surgery.
Hospital officials confirmed the heart arrived safely and the patient was undergoing the transplant. They added that nobody inside or around the hospital was injured.
The pilot was treated for minor injuries and two others on board escaped unscathed after the chopper plummeted into the helipad on top of the Keck Hospital of USC, in Los Angeles.
A spokesperson added 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 LA Fire Department added in a statement: “The donated organ that was being transported was safely retrieved by LAFD firefighters and handed over to Keck Hospital of USC staff.”
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