On Friday April 17 at 20:59 local time, a Boeing 767 exclusive to LATAM Cargo took off from Viracopos International Airport (Brazil), bound for Ministro Pistarini International Airport ( Buenos Aires) and with a special mission; transporting cells in your cabin.
Currently, cargo planes are the only ones that maintain freedom of international transit due to the role they play in supplying countries, making the “Solidarity Airplane” program an opportunity to collaborate in vital cases such as this one.
The aircraft arrived in Ezeiza at 23:44 local time, with the crew of the cells guarding it, and hoping to save the life of an Argentine patient with myelodysplastic syndrome.
In this sense, LATAM Cargo made itself available to INCUCAI, committing to transport the stem cells and, through the work of a multidisciplinary team of the LATAM Group, made up of more than thirty people, planned the operation in record time, as well as training the crew on the protocols for handling and caring for the cells to be transported, among other aspects.
This trip, which is part of the company’s Solidarity Plane program, has contributed for 9 years with health needs in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. In this way, it facilitates the transport of patients who need to receive medical treatment, from multidisciplinary health teams, organs, tissues and stem cells, as well as medical supplies and implements and medicines.
Luis Eduardo Melnik, captain, LATAM Cargo and who handled the plane that he transported stem cells, commented: “In a pandemic context, cargo flights are getting stronger than ever, and a program like Avión Solidario becomes a life expectancy. We are facing the greatest crisis in our history, but we will not stop making all possible efforts so that a flight of ours can provide a person with an opportunity to live, “
From the Registry of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells (CPH) of INCUCAI – organism that promotes, regulates, coordinates and oversees the donation and transplantation activities of organs, tissues and cells in Argentina-, they highlighted that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic The CPH Registry together with the transplant teams evaluates case by case to provide you with the best possible alternative for each patient. “The ways of working are changing and this pandemic is testing us all, but fortunately we are ensuring that patients who require a bone marrow transplant with a donor from abroad can access it. In this case, thanks to a donor from Brazil and the support of LATAM Cargo, an Argentine patient will be able to be transplanted, ”they pointed out.