Doctor saves air passenger’s life by sucking urine from his bladder mid-flight for 37 minutes

Doctor saves air passenger’s life by sucking urine from his bladder mid-flight for 37 minutes
Doctor saves life mid-flight (Image: AsiaWire screen grab)

 [Ed. – Err … calls to mind the old joke about the man who’s bitten on the penis by a poisonous snake while in the jungle and sends his scout back to the village for medical advice.]

Footage from on board a China Southern Airlines plane to New York shows Zhang Hong spring to action to help the stricken 70-year-old.

Dr Zhang rushed to aid the man after he collapsed in agony and told cabin crew that he was unable to urinate.

A makeshift catheter failed to relieve the ailing passenger’s blocked waterworks – leaving little time before his bladder would fatally rupture.

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Vascular surgeon Dr Zhang and his colleague Dr Xiao Zhangxiang decided the only course of action was to remove the urine manually.

Dr Zhang used the improvised catheter – made using a plastic tube, syringe and a milk straw – and spent nearly 40 minutes sucking almost a liter of liquid waste from the man’s bladder with his mouth.

The selfless doc said after his life-saving heroics: “Saving lives is a doctor’s instinct.”

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