Doctors are often called to perform heroics on the operating table, but one M.D. got to put his inventive skills to the test on a trans-Atlantic flight a couple of weeks ago.
One of the plane's youngest passengers was struggling to breathe, so someone notified Dr. Khurshid Guru, of Buffalo, New York, that the toddler needed his help. When Dr. Guru checked on the child, he found the boy's oxygen levels were dangerously low because of his asthma. Even worse, the tot's parents had accidentally packed his asthma meds in the checked luggage.
The plane did have an adult inhaler onboard, but Dr. Guru realized it was nearly impossible for the child to understand how to use it. So he jerry-rigged a child-friendly nebulizer using a water bottle, a paper cup, and the adult inhaler. Then he told the parents to hold the device over the boy's face.
After half an hour, the toddler was better--and by the time the plane landed, he was playing happily with his mom.
Here's a photo of the DIY nebulizer:
Flying back from ERUS15 had to design a nebuliser for a 2 yr old asthmatic over the atlantic. Thank God kid did well! pic.twitter.com/fQOJ2Ac0EA— Khurshid A. Guru (@KhurshidGuru) September 18, 2015
Flying back from ERUS15 had to design a nebuliser for a 2 yr old asthmatic over the atlantic. Thank God kid did well! pic.twitter.com/fQOJ2Ac0EA
Dr. Guru told ABCNews that he tweeted the photo to share an important message to parents and passengers: If you or someone in your family has asthma, always bring the medications with you on the plane.