Monday, April 15, 2019

Kalyan doctor-couple saves Australian’s life mid-air

Kalyan: A doctor is never off-duty even when on a holiday. A doctor couple from Kalyan realised this recently while flying from Perth to Singapore. When a 63-year-old Australian co-passenger suddenly fell unconscious mid-air, they had to use their combined skills to revive her even though they had little resources at that time to know what was exactly wrong with her.
The couple, Dr Nitin and Dr Neeta Zabak, who run the City Multicare hospital in Kalyan (W), had gone on a vacation to Australia on March 31. On their way back, they boarded a Singapore Airlines flight at 9.10pm on Thursday. During their journey, a co-passenger, identified only as Annie, who was en route to Phuket, started sweating profusely and lost consciousness. The Zabaks volunteered to help when the flight attendants made an announcement seeking a doctor’s help.

They started with chest compressions as part of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Annie regained consciousness. But her pulse was still feeble, prompting the doctors to provide her with oxygen that helped increase her blood pressure a bit. As the doctors feared she had some heart-related complications, they gave her sublingual sorbitrate, asprin as well as sprayed a glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) spray under her tongue to ensure that her blood vessels widen to allow easy blood flow. They continued to monitor her for the next three hours using some medical equipment available inflight.

“The patient’s pulse was initially very feeble and inserting a special IV line with only the torchlight of a mobile phone was difficult. But my wife, Neeta, who is a child specialist has the experience of inserting IV line for children, managed it in the first attempt,” said Nitin.
In the meantime, the aircraft captain asked the couple if he should seek permission for emergency landing in Uluru or continue till Singapore. “The cabin crew informed us that making an emergency landing would be hectic as 300 passengers would have to be kept in a hotel and put on alternative flight,” the doctor added.
15/04/19 Pradeep Gupta/Times of India
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