Surgeon on Flight Drains Bladder of Elderly Passenger to Save His Life

The doctors used tape tubing and straws to perform an emergency procedure on the patient

It was on a China Southern Airways long-haul flight between Guangzhou and NY.

When an elderly plane passenger fell ill mid-flight Tuesday, a courageous doctor with a stomach of steel rose to the occasion.

He immediately rushed to the man's seat and found that he was breaking out in cold sweat.

When all hope was lost, Dr Zhang had an idea to suck the urine out of the man's bladder using his own mouth, which he says is the best way to control the speed and intensity at which the urine is discharged.

About six hours away from NY, the man's wife summoned the cabin crew and reported that her husband was having trouble urinating.

The cabin crew made an emergency announcement, asking if there was a doctor on board.

That's when Hong diagnosed exactly what was happening: The man's bladder was so bloated with urine, it was at risk of rupture.

Two other passengers, Xiao Zhanxiang from Hainan Central Hospital and Zhang Hong from The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University (Guangzhou Overseas Chinese Hospital), soon came to help.

'The pensioner's abdomen was bloated, he could not sit still and was sweating a lot, ' Dr Zhang according to Chain News.

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"If we had not dealt with the situation in time, the patient's life would have been at risk", Zhang said, according to The Post.

"His family said he had a history of prostate enlargement, so we suspected this was causing urinary retention", Hong told the outlet.

They first attempted to build a makeshift catheter using plastic tube from an oxygen mask, a needle from a first-aid kit, plastic straws and tape.

When he realised that the syringe's needle won't be any good in pumping the urine out, he chose to use his mouth to extract the urine.

Footage taken in the plane's galley shows the medic repeatedly spitting urine into the empty wine bottle during the life-saving procedure.

So, Dr Zhang sucked on the tube until he was able to drain out about 700-800 millilitres of urine!

"When I saw that the man could hardly bear the pain any more, my only thought was how to get the urine out of his bladder", he said.

"I only wanted to help him extract the urine retained in his bladder".

"Saving lives is a doctor's instinct".

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