Two Mexican medics ridiculed for dropping a human heart while it was being transported to a hospital for a transplant can breathe a little easier after confirmation that the operation was a success.

The men were widely lampooned after they spilled the contents of a cooler box containing the organ while rushing to the La Raza hospital in Mexico City two weeks ago.

But the operation went ahead as planned and on Tuesday the recipient, Erika Hernandez, was discharged from hospital.