First transplantation came to the fruition in Turkey via Ankara-Konya High Speed Railway which was started with the impetus gained from the sage Mevlana’s call “Come with love” by Yapı Merkezi in July 2009 and came into service in August 2011.
A Brain-dead person’s pancreas was transferred from Konya to Ankara via high speed train. Thus first time in Turkey, a transplantation transfer eventuated via high speed train.
The surgery was fulfilled by Konya Necmettin Erbakan University Meram Medical Faculty Hospital Transplantation team. Patient’s kidneys and liver transferred to Antalya via land route, corneas to Konya Hospital and pancreas to Ankara via high speed train. High speed train transplantation transfer was made first time in Turkey.
Ministry of Health Transplantation Coordinator Murat Kaymak who came Konya to transfer the pancreas, stated that high speed trains can be used for these kinds of humanitarian issues in the future.