9news: An elderly plane passenger has undergone life-saving surgery mid-flight after having almost a litre of urine trapped in his bladder.
Doctors onboard the flight attempted to puncture the man’s bladder and release the urine using a needle. However, after this did not work, they spent an estimated hour and a half siphoning the urine out through a straw.
The passenger, who has not yet been identified, was 10 hours into a flight from southern China to New York this week when he complained he could not pass urine, South China Morning Post reports.
With six hours still to travel, two surgeons responded to a medical call out by the plane’s pilot. Using straws, a syringe needle, tubing from an oxygen mask and tape the surgeons performed the emergency procedure.
The elderly passenger, who had a swollen stomach, had previously been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate.
“If we had not dealt with the situation in time, the patient’s life would have been at risk,” surgeon Zhang Hong from the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinana University in Guangzhou said.
Zhang and Xiao Zhanxiang, from Hainan Provincial People’s Hospital in Haikou, performed the surgery at the back of the plane with the patient laying on a blanket.
“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,” Zhang said of the emergency situation.
The passenger remained on the blanket for another hour to recover and was checked out by a doctor after landing.
Source: Published by 9news