ISP troopers deliver donor heart from broken down vehicle

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police troopers step up to deliver a heart when the transport vehicle broke down on its way to the hospital.

Just before 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Troopers Cibrian and Snisko responded to a stopped car with a flat tire on I-55 near Thopp St. in Chicago.

They learned the car had a surgeon, transplant coordinator, and medical student inside taking a donor heart to a Chicago hospital.

The troopers jumped into gear and took everyone to the University of Chicago Medicine.

The doctors were able to deliver the heart in time and the hospital says the transplant recipient is recovering.

“Our District Chicago Troopers were able to turn a potentially bad situation into a thankful ending for at least one family this Thanksgiving holiday. I am extremely proud of our officers who acted without hesitation in this life saving transport,” said Interim Captain Angelo Mollo.