The Doctor Who Jerry Rigged a Nebulizer Mid-flight to Save a 2 Year Old Asthmatic

The Doctor Who Jerry Rigged a Nebulizer Mid-flight to Save a Two Year Old Asthmatic

When an in-flight clinical emergency takes place, on the spot access to care is restricted. Cabin crew are skilled to provide first aid and restricted clinical help but aren’t certified to cope with all ability conditions.

According to a 2013 study, medical emergencies occur only in about one in 604 flights. It is consequently, important that airlines have protocols in the area for movements to be taken inside the occasion of an on-board medical emergency. 

But, the assistance of the doctor is always a reassurance for the passenger. A few years ago, Dr. Kurushid Guru helped a two year asthmatic baby on board an Air Canada flight.

Who is Doctor Khurshid? How it helped the 2-year-old asthmatic baby?

Dr Khurushid Guru with the Device save 2 year old asthmatic baby
Dr. Khurushid Guru with the Device. Image Source: Dr. Khurshid Guru/Twitter

Dr. Khursid is the director of Robotic Surgery and Applied Technology Laboratory for Advanced Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. When this incident happened, he was returning to the US after attending ERUS15 in Bilbao.

The doctor in the flight heard about a 2 year old baby who is having an asthmatic attack. The doctor checked the baby and said that baby had developed cold. The doctor checked the oxygen level by using the oxygen meter. He found that the level of oxygen is only 87% or 88%. Though he was not a pediatrician, he knows that boy needs immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, the baby’s parents locked his asthma medication in their checking luggage. 

Doctor Khurshid DIY Jerry Rigged Neutralizer
Jerry-Rigged Nebulizer. Image Source: Dr. Khurshid Guru/Twitter

Doctor Khurshid for making the nebulizer, it a device used to convert the liquid into the mist, commonly used by the people suffering from respiratory disorder or asthma. The doctor picked a water bottle and did a hole in it, to insert and tape the inhaler. At the base of the bottle, he attached the oxygen mask which was connected to an oxygen tank. He did all this to provide instant medication to toddlers.

Following treatments in a half-an-hour’s time, the toddler began to breathe better. His oxygen levels rose to around 94 to 95%, and he began to play with his mother towards the end of their journey.

According to Dr. Guru.

How did asthma begin in 12-year-old?

A person gets an asthma attack when dust or pollen is inhaled into the lungs, and the immune system cannot perform properly. Child breaths are more than an adult. They take 25-35  breaths per minute. If they are taking more than the normal breathing it is called tachypnea.

Asthma Attack Before and After immediate treatment
Asthma Episode (Before and After). Image Source: FDA

During such a condition, immediate treatment is necessary, medicines should directly reach into the lungs and will help to reduce inflammation and helps the person to breathe. In the case of children if sudden treatment not provided it can cause brain damage.

At last, the doctor did a fabulous job and saves the toddler’s life. The doctor told the parents of a toddler that they should not keep the medicines or medication devices in such a place where you cannot get them.

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