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Indian doctor saves toddler on plane

Indian doctor saves toddler on plane

An Indian origin doctors’ quick thinking in the US helped in saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who suffered an asthma attack while on a transatlantic flight. The doctor used his wits to create a makeshift inhaler out of a cup and a bottle.

Dr Khurshid Guru is the doctor who pulled this amazing feat. He is the director of Robotic Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in NY. While aboard the Air Canada flight from Spain to the US on September 18, it came to his knowledge that a toddler was in trouble.

The boy was crying as he suffered with short breath. The boy had asthma and his parents had accidentally packed his asthma medication in checked luggage.

The child had developed a cold and when the flight was already three or four hours into the journey. The doctor stated that due to the cold and popping of the ears and crying his asthma got worse. At that stage the oxygen level of the child was dropping to a dangerously low level.


The boy needed oxygen but also asthma medication. The problem was there was only an adult inhaler on board the plane which would not be of much help added Guru.

With his quick thinking, Guru, came up with a jerry-rigged device similar to a nebulizer. This device would simultaneously deliver both oxygen and asthma medication to the child.

Using a cut up water bottle, he added oxygen to one end. He used the adult inhaler through a small hole in the bottle. This way he managed to deliver both the oxygen and medication to the child through the bottle’s opening directly.

He told the parents to keep the bottle focused on his face. After doing so for about half an hour and conducting two treatments, the child got to a much better situation.

Image Reference: TheTimesofIndia

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