Doctor Saves A Life By Sucking Out Urine From Man's Bladder With A Straw In Mid-Air Emergency

Doctor Saves A Life By Sucking Out Urine From Man's Bladder With A Straw In Mid-Air Emergency

Dr. Zhang Hong went above and beyond the call of duty and saved the man's life by spending 37 minutes sucking out urine from his blocked bladder.

Dr. Zhang Hong had to think on his feet when an elderly fellow airplane passenger suffered a medical emergency. He went above and beyond the call of duty and saved the man's life by sucking out urine from his blocked bladder for 37 minutes, according to a South China Morning Post's report on Thursday. China Southern Airways Flight CZ3009 had left its takeoff point, Guangzhou in China, far behind and was still six hours away from its destination, New York when an old man with a bloated stomach began perspiring profusely.


The man's family immediately alerted the flight attendants about his deteriorating health condition. The cabin crew members then made an emergency announcement asking if any of the passengers on board was a doctor. That's when Dr. Hong, a surgeon at First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University in Guangzhou sprung into action. "When I saw that the man could hardly bear the pain anymore, my only thought was how to get the urine out of his bladder," said Hong, the head of vascular surgery at the said hospital, while speaking to South China. "He was going into shock and may have suffered a risk to his life if we didn’t tend to him urgently," he added. 


The next step was to know if the patient had any past medical issues and so, Hong questioned his relatives who were present on the flight. "His family said he had a history of prostate enlargement, so we suspected this was causing urinary retention," said Hong as per New York Post. Having learned about the man's previous ailments, Dr. Hong accurately diagnosed that the man's bladder was filled with urine and was at risk of rupture. "Fast! Help me get a cup!" shouted the medical expert according to China's The Paper.


Without wasting any more time, the flight attendants spread blankets on the floor of an area situated towards the back of the plane for the passenger. Meanwhile, another surgeon, Xiao Zhanxiang from Hainan Provincial People’s Hospital in Haikou, assisted Hong to swiftly fashion a makeshift catheter using straws from milk cartons, a syringe from the plane’s medical kit,  sticky tape, and plastic tubing from an oxygen mask. Eventually, Hong realized that the needle of the syringe was too thin to suck out urine content. Without giving it another thought, the doctor with the stomach of steel started using his mouth to extract the urine.


With the consent of the elderly man's family, Hong spent 37 minutes extracting 800 milliliters (about 1½ pints) of urine from the man's blocked bladder and transferring it into a wine bottle. The chaotic footage of Hong diligently working to save the man's life was recorded and posted on social media which was watched over 20 million times in less than 24 hours. Although people around the world couldn't help but praise Dr. Hong for his act of bravery, the surgeon maintains that it was merely a logical decision for him. "Saving lives is a doctor’s instinct," he said, adding, "There was no other way. I didn’t think much about it."


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