Autumn 1991

Vol. 1, No.2

World CourierKnow-How Helps Save aLife Speed and Care Never More Critical

would travel one week later for a second opera– tion.)

Late this spring, 52-year– old Jose Musunelli, the maintenance man for a large Argentinean meat– packing plant was repairing a rail through which meat is guided to fall and cook in the gigantic vats of boiling water

month later, cultured new skin was ready to be shipped back to Buenos Aires. Due to the ultra– sensitivity of these shipments and their demand– ing handling requirements, WC Inc. in New York, who has handled these international tissues shipments exclusively for the past 18 months, was alerted. President of WC Inc., John Wagner, described in detail the great care that must be taken with these shipments and how World Courier has adapted its handling procedures to effectively manage the priceless cargo. "The sheets of skin are suspended in petri dishes which must be kept level at all times," he explains. "They are packed in airtight, pressur– ized stainless steel boxes, cooled on dry ice. They cannot be exposed to air, so they must never be opened or inspected by customs. We make sure we have all the correct paperwork so that this does not become an issue, and so far we have never had a problem. "All of these shipments are individually handcar– ried on-board by courier," continues John, "with a seat being purchased for each box." Because a single courier cannot effectively handle more than two boxes, additional couriers are employed for every two boxes in a shipment.

Fourteen hours later in Buenos Aires in the air– port's passenger-restricted area, a team of four drivers, Diego Dotro, Daniel Tortosa, Alberto Sanbade and Adrian Iglesias, anxiously await– ed the arrival of American Airlines' morning flight from Miami. Courier Catherine Johnson, a New York sales executive with special knowledge in the medical field, was first off the aircraft. With two separate vehicles at their disposal , the drivers whisked the shipment on its way to a waiting medical team who would give Jose a second chance at life. Epilogue: In Buenos Aires, Carlos Jankowski, Regional Director for Latin America, and Diana Mancini, Manager we Argentina, are extremely pleased to report that the patient, Jose Musunelli, was released from hospital on August 13, 1991.

bubbling beneath the rail. An accidental slip sent him plunging downward into one of the seething vats, resulting in third degree burns to 65% of his body. Until very recently, the only treatment for a burn victim involved the transplanting of his own skin, a procedure necessarily limited to the amount of healthy skin remaining. Anyone with burns cover– ing over 50% of his body would surely die. Fortunately, through astounding advances made in medical technology over the past five years, serious accidents such as these no longer carry an automatic death sentence for the patient. Thanks to research undertaken by scientists in a Boston laboratory, a 2-cm section of healthy skin removed from a patient can be cultured to gen– erate up to 150 sheets of new skin, each mea– suring 25 square cms. This new skin, amounting to almost 4metres in total, can then be grafted to the patient in a two-hour operation which must be performed within 24 hours of the tissue leav– ing the lab. LIFE-GIVING RESEARCH

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Late one afternoon this June, two boxes contain– ing new skin were handcarried from Boston via Miami to Buenos Aires for Jose's initial surgery. (Due to the success of the surgery, a third box

Shortly after the accident, 2 cms of Jose's healthy skin was transported to Boston and one

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