A transatlantic flight nearly ended in tragedy when a young baby had a severe asthma attack halfway in-air over the ocean. Thanks to the ingenuity of a heroic doctor on board, the little boy is well on his way to a full recovery.
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Dr. Khurshid Guru, director of Robotic Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, was on a flight from Spain to the U.S. on September 18th, when he was notified that a toddler was in trouble on board.
“The child had developed a cold,” Guru said. “We were three or four hours into the flight. I think the cold and popping of the ears and crying. … He got worse.â€
Even more, he had asthma and started to have an attack. Soon he was struggling to breathe. The combination of these two proved potentially fatal.
Guru had to think quick…. and he had to think like MacGyver. Since the child’s medicine was inaccessible and only adult equipment was at hand, he got creative.
He found an adult inhaler, oxygen tank, plastic bottle and a disposable cup on board – and quickly fashioned a nebulizer to treat the child. After a few minutes, the toddler had calmed down and began breathing normally again.
Flying back from ERUS15 had to design a nebuliser for a 2 yr old asthmatic over the atlantic. Thank God kid did well! pic.twitter.com/fQOJ2Ac0EA
— Khurshid A. Guru (@KhurshidGuru) September 18, 2015
“I feel blessed that I got the opportunity to take care of a situation which would have turned out to be dangerous. I’m glad it turned out well for the child.â€
Check out the video below for this amazing story of ingenuity!
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