Air China Flight Features Unbelievable Medical Triumph
PHOTO: Image of an Air China airplane. (Photo courtesy Flickr/byeangel)
One doctor on a recent Air China flight only needed his own fingers, a towel, a spoon and some toothpicks to save the day.
The Telegraph reports on an amazing story out of China that took place when an Air China flight took off from from Kashgar en route to Urumqi. According to the report, at some point on this flight, a person — only identified as a male passenger — became in need of medical help.
That’s when attendants reportedly called for a doctor on board. If things sound like they were ripped from the pages of pop culture, then continue reading to really be amazed.
Dr. Tian Yu from Shanghai’s Longhua Hospital’s rheumatology department answered the call and discovered the passenger in need was foaming at the mouth. Because of the constraints of modern airline travel, the good doctor was forced to go into full-on MacGyver mode and utilize what was at hand to treat what Yu believed to be an event brought on by epilepsy.
The 38-year-old doctor used his fingers to clear the airway, a spoon wrapped in a towel to ensure the epileptic event wouldn’t cause harm to the passenger’s tongue and gathered toothpicks for a makeshift acupuncture session.
The report cites the Asia Wire Report which explains, “Dr Yu, who is reported to have a background in Chinese medicine and previously worked as an emergency ward doctor for seven years, used the toothpicks to apply pressure to key acupuncture points, including the baihui aperture and sishencong aperture, around the patient’s head in an attempt to ‘activate the brain.”
The toothpick trick worked and the patient was up within five minutes and on his way to proper, ground-level treatment when the airplane touched down at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport 20 minutes later.
This is hardly the first of this kind of captivating event. Back in 2015, TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke reported on Dr. Khurshid Guru who made an in-flight nebulizer from parts found on the plane when a two-year-old’s asthma became exacerbated from a cold and the conditions of flying.
So, it sounds like clichéd nonsense when you think of someone shouting, “Is there a doctor onboard?”
I turns out there are actually doctors that come to the aid of fellow passengers in these extreme circumstances, and they are amazing people.
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