A doctor sucked urine out of 70-year-old man’s bladder using his mouth during mid-air emergency to save his life.
When an elderly passenger on China Southern Airlines’ flight CZ399 from Guangzhou to New York was unable to urinate the normal way, a Chinese doctor onboard saved his life by sucking 800 milliliters of the man’s urine using his mouth.
In six hours into flight on November 19, announcement was made calling for available doctors onboard, to assist a 70 year old man having trouble with his bladder and become emotionally unstable and was sweating profusely.
On the same flight a 55-year-old, Dr. Zhang Hong, an interventional vascular surgeon affiliated to Hospital of Jinan University, along with another vascular surgeon from the People’s Hospital of Hainan Province, came over and immediately examined the man.
Both Doctors concluded that if the urine in his bladder was not taken out immediately, his bladder would rupture.
A puncture and urine absorption device was made using a catheter on a portable oxygen cylinder mask, a syringe needle, a bottled milk straw, and tape to extract the liquid waste from inside the man’s bladder.
However, the device could not work properly due to the limited space inside the aircraft. “Because the cabin space is limited, the possibility of erecting the device to a high place is small, the needle is too sharp, and the urine in the bladder of the elderly cannot be automatically drained due to the pressure difference,” the report stated.
As everyone on the place pondered on the next best course of action, Zhang decided that he was going to use his mouth to suck out urine through the tube, which would control the speed and intensity of urine discharge.
He asked one of the crew members for a plastic cup and got to work. Forty minutes later, the pressure in the man’s bladder had been relieved and the doctor had saved his life.
After the aircraft landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the cabin crew also assisted the patient to seek further medical attention.
When asked about his heroic action, Zhang said: “We really did not have any other solutions at the time, [and I] did not think that much. [I] just wanted to help him release the urine stuck in his bladder. Saving people is the fundamental duty of a doctor.”
A doctor sucked urine out of 70-year-old man's bladder using his mouth during mid-air emergency to save his life on China Southern CZ399 from Guangzhou to New York. The catheter was created from oxygen mask and straw. pic.twitter.com/CEpIiYtp8K
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