In an exclusive interview with Mirchi's
When the doctor heard about the noises at the back of the Air India flight from London to Delhi, he was informed that someone was having a medical emergency. His immediate instinct was to go and help. When he reached the old passenger, who saw that a lady doctor was already helping a 70-year-old passenger who was having difficulty in breathing. The doctor was informed that the passenger was having difficulty in breathing as he is asthmatic, and he has forgotten to take his medicines.
When the passenger boarded the flight, he was fine but as the time went by, he started having issues with breathing and he informed the air hostess about the problem. The doctors checked his emergency medical kit and gave him the necessary medicines. With the help of medicines, the passenger was fine for some time, but started having breathing issues again.
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During the interaction, Dr Simran informed that asthmatic patients are mostly treated with nebulisation, and it was not available on the flight. So, the doctors tried everything to help the elderly person and even gave him other medicines, but nothing helped.
The passenger was serious and when Dr Simran asked the cabin crew about help, they informed him that it will take them 4 hours to reach India. Hearing this, RJ
To the help, there was one couple whose child was asthmatic, however, his medicines were not suitable for an elderly person. So, they couldn’t use his medicines. Along with asthma, the passenger was also diabetic and as per Dr Simran, the two problems together are not good for health.
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The only way to save the passenger was through nebuliser. This urgency made the doctor enquire about the oxygen cylinder on the plane. To this, he received a no as an answer. Dr Simran then took the permission of using the emergency cylinder to create nebuliser.
“How did you make it?” asked RJ Sayema.
Dr Simran answered, “Basically, nebuliser is a device which changes the flow of the oxygen. So, the increase in the speed causes the pressure of air to increase, just like AC. If you compress the air in fine stream, then it can be used as a nebuliser. Nebulisation is used to break up the medicine into small-small vapours, which goes into the patient’s respiratory pathway and reaches the lungs. So, what I did was we used the tubing from the oxygen cylinder and used the syringe available in the plane and broke it into two. So, the needle is now having a fine passage. So, the air coming from the tube has to go through the needle as a result, the speed of the air increased. This we attached to a cup and that helped as a nebuliser. That was very effective, and the uncle’s oxygen came under control.”
RJ Sayema asked, “Dr Simran, I have to ask you this, you thought on your feet at that difficult situation. When you look back, do you think it was like a miracle?”
“Yes, it was. Because as a doctor or a surgeon, we are trained to not get excited about patient’s situation. Obviously, that’s the last thing you need as a doctor. So, the lady doctor and I had to keep a cool as the patient was very serious. When uncle felt cold, I was very scared,” said Dr Simran.
RJ Sayesma praised the doctor and said, “Khuda ke badh is dharti par doctors hotey hai.”
“You almost gave him another chance to live. Are you the first one to create history by creating a nebuliser on flight?” asked RJ Sayema.
“When I searched, I am the only doctor who has done that,” answered Dr Simran.
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RJ Sayema concluded by thanking the doctor and also asking him to share some advises to combat such situations on flight.
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