This wasn’t an episode to Grey’s Anatomy. No one was going to yell, “Cut, back to one”, or “It’s a wrap.” This was the real deal with no special lighting, just a driver, three doctors and a heart.
That’s right. WE DROVE A HEART.
We are a small but mighty ground transportation car company with a great reputation for punctuality, safety and “duty of care” which means we can be trusted to not only transport and protect passengers but also special items like Academy Awards bound designer couture, pieces of art and jewels borrowed from luxury jewelers. No sweat.
The day began normally enough. We received a call from an air charter company to book transportation from a private air field to a nearby hospital. Three passengers and their equipment. 7:30 PM was a little unusual for a trip to a hospital, but we didn’t think much more about it. The reservation was put in the system, a confirmation was sent and a driver dispatched.
Following private aviation protocols our driver drove onto the tarmac and was met by a private jet carrying three doctors and their equipment. The piece of equipment that they seemed to be the most concerned about was an incubator like box. The driver noticed they were handling it with special care.
Once at the hospital the doctors asked the driver if he could return them to the jet in about two hours. They were participating in a specialized part of a larger surgery. Not a problem. The doctors eventually emerged carrying the covered incubator like box and loaded it into the vehicle. One doctor sat with the box. The two other doctors sat with what looked like heavy duty iPads on their laps. When the box was uncovered the driver caught a glimpse of what it contained in the rear view mirror. He turned to the doctors.
“Is that a…?”
“Yes. A heart,” one of the doctors replied.
Wait for it.
The heart was BEATING.
It turns out that the technology is brand new. Instead of putting a transplant bound heart in ice, it is kept warm and beating with a blood supply. The vitals of the heart are controlled wirelessly. This new technology makes 15 to 30 percent more hearts and other organs available for transplant.
The driver wasn’t fazed.
“I drive beating hearts every day.”
‘Nuf said. Everything went seamlessly. Excelsior Limousine was very honored to be a small part of this meaningful endeavor.