Macgyver would be impressed with these skills.
On a November flight from Guangzhou to New York, a man experienced severe pain in his prostate. Dr. Zhang Hong became concerned when he recognized the pain could be life-threatening, due to the man’s history with prostate enlargement.
Dr. Hong jumped in to help and put together a catheter with an oxygen mask and straw from the airplane. Dr. Hong used his creation to pull 800 milliliters (27 ounces) of urine out of the unidentified man’s bladder. It took 37 minutes for all the urine to be drained.
The passengers still had six hours left of the 13-hour flight. Without Dr. Hong’s help, the man could have faced life-threatening bladder complications if additional time had passed.
A passenger on the plane recorded the situation, which was then tweeted by The Paper, a Chinese digital publication.
The #doctor who sucked 700-800ml urine out of an old man’s body in a medical emergency on a plane goes viral in #China due to his selfless act. A long-term colleague tells The Paper that he has worked for 30 years and is known for his professional ethics. https://t.co/H09hid8FYi pic.twitter.com/JkyCpxH4qT
— The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn) November 21, 2019
When the hospital Dr. where Hong works heard about his quick-thinking heroism, they awarded him an honorary title.
The doctor who sucked #urine from an elderly man’s blocked bladder in an in-flight emergency jokes that he doesn’t dare to drink beer anymore and that his wife no longer kisses him. His hospital in Guangzhou, #China has awarded him an honorary title. https://t.co/JWnWyLx7jC pic.twitter.com/ncLBN8PB2E
— The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn) November 30, 2019
Dr. Hong became an instant hero for going above and beyond to help.
What an amazing feat !! This guy is a legend
— David (@David64956726) November 23, 2019
You, great doctor, are a prince amongst men. Your patient and his family are no doubt grateful beyond words. Bless you.
— Marla Brumbaugh (@Marlakay226) November 23, 2019
Incredible doctor and human being!
— Kris Norton (@SNorton01) November 23, 2019
Such an amazing act of pure selflessness when someone’s life was hanging in the balance. What an incredible human being and doctor!
— Victoria Adamóvcz (@VictoriaAdamow3) November 23, 2019
That doctor and everyone else involved are heroes! I have so much respect for the doctor who had such quick thinking and willingness to act on his feet. A life was saved and a family is still together. ❤️
— Cthulhette (@SkellingtonMiss) November 25, 2019
This doctor didn’t think of the risks he was exposing himself to but chose to save the man’s life. Such act of selflessness. A doctor true to his calling. What an amazing human being. God bless this good man.
— Sandie (@sandie_oj) November 24, 2019
One Twitter user pointed out how Dr. Hong kept his sense of humor during a stressful time.
quite possibly the greatest thing I've seen in my entire life comes at around 0:21 in this video when the flight attendant hands the doctor a cup to spit the old man's urine into, and the doctor makes a "cheers" motion with the cup https://t.co/59RBo5aXTj
— Django Gold (@django) November 25, 2019
Thank you, Dr. Hong, for saving lives and stealing our hearts.