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Elderly man's life saved by sucking urine out by a doctor on flight

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A doctor has been addressed for saving an elderly mans life by sucking urine from his bladder during mid-flight to New York.

The Mirror reported that the elderly man suddenly suffered dysuria, a painful condition characterized by difficult and painful urination, when the aircraft was about six hours away from its destination.

Zhang Hong, Vascular Surgeon from China, was on board of a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to New York.

The cabin crew was informed about the passenger who was in need of medical assistance. When they checked on the passenger he was not being able to urinate. Dr Zhang stepped in, and found that the mans bladder was filled with about one litre of urine as he was unable to urinate. The urine had to be released immediately to prevent his bladder from rupturing.

To save the passengers life, the doctor prepared equipment from the material available onboard, including a portable oxygen mask, a syringe needle, a bottled milk straw and tape. Zhang tried to use the syringe to extract the urine, but, it didnt work. The doctor then finally decided to suck the urine out using his own mouth.

He used a catheter and sucked approximately 800ml of urine in the next 37 minutes. The urine was filled into bottles by the cabin crew to measure how much urine had been taken out and get a better idea of the patients condition.

The patient was taken to a hospital as soon as the airplane landed. Dr Zhangs quick-thinking saved the elderly mans life.

Source: ET Healthworld

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