Military helicopter turned courier to deliver heart for transplant

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This week, at the request of cardiac surgeons of the Paul Stradiņš Clinical University  Hospital (PSKUS), the Air Force of Latvia's National Armed Forces (NBS) stepped in and turned speedy courier to transport a donor heart by helicopter from a remote Latvian hospital to the operating theater, where a patient was waiting for a new heart, according to a press release from the NBS.

The donor heart was transported to by an Air Force Mi-17 helicopter so that the heart transplant operation could be performed as soon as possible, giving the recipient the best possible chance of life.

Despite the much-heralded arrival recently of Latvia's first 'Black Hawk' helicopters from the U.S., Latvia continues to operate several older Mi-17s for search and rescue operations over land and sea, ad special missions such as this one.

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