Special / Doctor saves man's life by sucking urine out from his bladder during flight

TimesNow News : Nov 22, 2019, 03:41 PM
A doctor who saved an elderly flyer's life by sucking urine from his bladder mid-flight is being hailed as a hero. The passenger was on a China Southern Airways flight between Guangzhou and New York. When the aircraft was about six hours away from its destination, the elderly man looked ill.

The cabin crew was alerted about the passenger who was in need of medical assistance. When the crew checked on the passenger he was found in cold sweats. He complained of not being able to urinate.

While the staff arranged for a temporary bed for the passenger in the crew area, they made an announcement asking for medical assistance. That's when Dr Zhang, a vascular surgeon, stepped in.

The doctor found that the man's bladder was filled with about one litre of urine as he was unable to urinate. The urine had to be released quickly to prevent his bladder from rupturing, otherwise, the situation could have turned to be fatal.

The quick-thinking doctor prepared equipment from the material available onboard, including a portable oxygen mask, a syringe needle, a bottled milk straw and tape.

Zhang then tried to use the syringe to extract the urine, however, it didn't work. The patient's bladder was so inflated that the pressure made extraction difficult.

The doctor finally decided to suck the urine out using his mouth. He said that it was the best way to control the speed of discharge. He sucked about 700-800 millilitre of urine in the next 37 minutes. The medic used a tube to suck out the urine and spat it into a cup to release the pressure on the bladder.

The urine was filled into bottles by the cabin crew to know how much urine had been taken out and get a better idea of the patient's condition.

Zhang's incredible thinking saved the elderly man's life. Once the plane landed, the patient was taken to a hospital.