“Child Didn’t Revive At First…”: How AIIMS Doctors Saved Baby Mid-Flight

Dr Damandeep Singh (first from right) spoke to NDTV after helping to save a chld’s life.

New Delhi:

Five doctors from Delhi are being hailed as heroes today after they saved a child’s life during a mid-air medical emergency on board a Vistara Airlines flight from Bengaluru. The five – from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences – were alerted to a two-year cyanotic female child returning from Bengaluru after undergoing open-heart surgery and spent a frantic 45 minutes repeatedly reviving the young girl, and ensuring she was alive and breathing by the time the flight was diverted to Nagpur.

NDTV spoke to one of the five doctors, Dr Damandeep Singh, on board that flight for an insight into what happened and the stressful situation that erupted less than half-an-hour after take-off.

“We were coming back from Bengaluru to Delhi after attending a conference. We boarded at 9 pm and were scheduled to land around midnight. However, around 30 minutes into the flight there was a distress call… we (the five doctors on board) had a cyanotic child who had had open-heart surgery in Bengaluru. The child was unconscious and had no pulse… so we isolated her,” Dr Singh told NDTV.

“I had four colleagues with me and we followed resuscitation protocols using limited medical resources available… we used basic items like oxygen cylinders, chest compression and the plane’s first aid kit.”

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Dr Singh outlined how his colleagues and he worked frantically to deliver life-saving medical care, including intubating – or inserting a tube into the patient’s body to help them breathe – the young girl.

“We requested the pilot to divert to Nagpur (in Maharashtra). On landing, we ensured the child’s stables were vital and handed her over to a paediatrician,” the doctor told NDTV. “It was very stressful… the child did not revive at first and we had to work for 45 minutes without giving up hope.”

Fortunately for the child, she had five excellent doctors on her flight and also an AED, or automated external defibrillator. An AED is a portable electronic device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart when it detects an abnormal rhythm, and restores that rhythm to normal.

The young girl’s vitals are stable and she is expected to make an excellent recovery, Dr Singh said.

Amid the praise flooding in for the doctors and their institute, Dr Manpreet Kaur, an Assistant Professor at AIIMS’ Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, told NDTV the medical community is proud of the skill and dedication of the five doctors who were on board the Vistara flight.

“All five were residents-in-training and still they stepped up to save the child’s life. This speaks of the quality of training imparted… even though it was a high-stress moment, one that could test even experienced doctors, these five managed to use basic resources and still save the child’s life.”

Dr Kaur also had a few words of advice to anyone who may find themselves in similar situations, explaining, “Most important… do not panic. If you are not qualified and someone is helping them… then make space. Doctors attending to a patient don’t need people crowding around and taking selfies.”

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UK PM Rishi Sunak chooses ‘Barbie First..,’ in playful ‘Barbenheimer’ outing

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently took a delightful break from his political duties to spend quality time with his family.

Sharing the moment on Twitter, PM Sunak captioned the photo, “The family vote was only ever going one way… Barbie first it is! #Barbenheimer.”

As per a report by Bloomberg, The film “Barbie,” based on the beloved doll by Mattel Inc., made an impressive $22.3 million in ticket sales during its preview screenings at theatres. This figure surpasses the earnings of other recent blockbuster releases like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which brought in $17.5 million in May, and last year’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” the highest-grossing domestic release in 2022, with $19.3 million.

The success of “Barbie” can be attributed to its Thursday night previews and special “Barbie Blowout Party” screenings on Wednesday, where attendees dressed in pink were treated to complimentary cotton candy and other prizes. The film was screened in over 3,400 locations, as confirmed by Warner Bros. in an email on Friday. The official opening of the film was scheduled for the following Friday.

The upcoming film “Barbie” is expected to be one of the biggest releases of the year, with Boxoffice Pro forecasting an impressive opening weekend of approximately $158 million. This figure would surpass the previous highest debut of the year, held by The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which premiered in April.

The excitement surrounding this weekend at the cinemas is further intensified by the simultaneous release of Universal Pictures’ “Oppenheimer,” a biographical film about the inventor of the atomic bomb. The National Association of Theatre Owners predicts that over 200,000 individuals will watch both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” on the same day, creating a buzzworthy phenomenon known as “Barbenheimer,” which has gained significant traction on social media, reported Bloomberg.

Universal Pictures reported that “Oppenheimer” raked in an impressive $10.5 million from Thursday evening previews. Looking ahead, Boxoffice Pro estimates that the film is likely to accumulate around $64.7 million in ticket sales over the weekend.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated: 23 Jul 2023, 09:02 AM IST

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