A love that crosses borders – Emergency rescue on a plane

Back to list 2015-02-05 17:11:59

 

On a plane heading from Beijing to San Francisco, everyone was exhausted from the long trip, and many people were already deep into their sleep. MSH CHINA’s medical director, George (people call him “Brother George”) and his daughter were also on this flight, enjoying the start of a wonderful vacation. He had once worked at an international medical rescue company for over 10 years, taking on an innumerable amount of emergency medical cases that took place in different countries; his experience in this field is quite rich.

After flying for approximately 5 hours, a sudden emergency call overhead broke the silence: “In row 56 is a girl who has suddenly started twitching; the situation is a crisis. If there is someone onboard who is a medical professional, please come and help.” Without any hesitation, Brother George upon hearing the announcement rushed to row 56. When he arrived, Brother George found the situation to be extremely chaotic; flight attendants, children, and older folks were all huddled around the child, making noise and shouting. They hoped that the child would hear their voices and open her eyes.

If the child’s situation didn’t improve, the flight would have to have an emergency landing in Alaska, using local medical resources to rescue the child. However, each time the plane lands, even if temporary, not only will all the passengers’ be delayed at least 3 hours, the airline company would also incur an enormous cost.

 

At this time, the child’s parents were already on the brink of going crazy. Facing the tearful, helpless eyes of the child’s parents, Brother George went ahead and assessed the situation and found the child’s temperature was high, already reaching 39 degrees; her whole body was twitching. Judging based on his experience, these convulsions were the symptoms of a high fever.

Brother George immediately took action, first by comforting the child’s parents so they wouldn't be worried. Second, he arranged to have the flight attendants wipe the child’s chest and back with warm water, using physical methods to reduce the child’s temperature. He also had the flight attendants prepare orange juice with the appropriate temperature to give the child to drink, in order to hydrate the child. He had the child lie down to rest. After taking a series of medical measures, the child’s situation slowly returned to normal, the convulsions slowly began to stop, and her heartbeat returned to a steady 120. Her breath slowly returned back to normal. After a half hour of observation, the child’s fever went down to 38.5 and she went into a state of peaceful sleep.

 

At this point, the plane arrived to San Francisco on time.

Throughout the whole trip, the child’s parents were constantly moved by the doctor’s immediate rescue of their child. The pilot himself even came out of the cockpit, hugging him and expressing his thankfulness.

Love can cross borders. MSH CHINA is China’s largest high-end healthcare service provider, with a service culture that permeates the heart of every employee. No matter where we go, this group of service professionals will never forget our purpose.

Love can cross borders. MSH CHINA is China’s largest high-end healthcare service provider, with a service culture that permeates the heart of every employee. No matter where we go, this group of service professionals will never forget our purpose.

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