Donated heart alive and well after helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES • Talk about a brave heart - a donated heart was alive and pumping on Monday after surviving the crash of the helicopter transporting it to a California hospital and then falling out of the hands of a medical worker who retrieved it.

Footage of last Friday's incident showed the helicopter lying on its side on the roof of the University of Southern California's Keck Hospital in east Los Angeles. The aircraft had flown from a hospital in Southern California with the donor heart for a transplant and crashed for unknown reasons on the hospital's helipad.

Video footage showed fire crews retrieving the organ and handing it over to a medical worker in hospital scrubs.

The worker then trips on a metal plate and falls over as another hospital employee rushes to pick up the precious package.

A hospital spokesman said the organ was successfully transplanted the same day, and the patient was doing well. "The heart itself was fine after being dropped," the spokesman said.

Officials said all three people on board the aircraft were doing well, although the pilot had suffered minor injuries.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2020, with the headline 'Donated heart alive and well after helicopter crash'. Print Edition | Subscribe