In-flight emergency: Doctor saves the life of unconscious woman at 25,000 feet

Emergencies can strike at any point of time be it land, water or air. Doctors have to be prepared to tackle any untoward situation. But what would be going through the mind of a doctor, when a medical emergency struck an elderly woman on-board. Without a second thought he rushed to the aid of this woman


Doctors are known for going above and beyond the call of duty in emergency situations. In the incident narrated below, a doctor did exactly that and did not waste any time in coming forward to come to the aid of an elderly woman who suddenly fell unconscious on-board the plane.

One such incident recently took place. Dr Anil Bhadoria, who is the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Indore branch’s member and state secretary, was on his way back home to Indore from Lucknow via Hyderabad by Indigo Airlines flight number 6E-884 on Tuesday, October 16.

Around 4:30 p.m. at an altitude of 25,000 feet, an air hostess screamed ‘Is there a doctor on board? ‘And then, this person raised his hand to attend a 76-year old-woman named Bhanu Mati Bhagat who hailed from Hyderabad,  she had gone unconscious with no pulse and low blood pressure and her cold and clammy limbs with no response to stimulus.

Dr Bhadoria asked the crew to help the woman lie down on the seats and he started giving her cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.  Within two to three minutes, she regained her consciousness. The woman had regained a pulse, with blood pressure being maintained, although it was low.

Upon approaching Hyderabad, the pilot asked, if doctor needed a priority lending. Dr Bhadoria recalled, “I asked for priority landing and all aircrafts approaching Hyderabad airport were side-lined and 6E-884 was given priority landing and the patient was shifted to ambulance immediately by 5:05 p.m.”

Dr Bhadoria added, “Doctors are always on their toes. And wherever they are asked for their assistance, they come forward and help the people. It was a unique kind of experience when I saw her recovering at 25,000 feet.”

Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, said, “We doctors are always on duty to save the lives of people and such incidences prove this fact time and again.”