Doctors Saves Man's Life by Sucking Urine From His Bladder for 37 Minutes Mid-Flight | 22 Words

There's no doubt that those in the medical field are dedicated to the profession and would do anything to help their patients.

But a Chinese doctor has truly proven how far medical professionals are willing to go to save somebody's life. While, for most, the idea of sucking out urine is unthinkable, in this case of life and death, the doctor showcased his sheer commitment to saving lives.

The makeshift procedure was caught on film. Keep scrolling to see the shocking footage.

Flights can often end up being sites of medical incidents and emergencies.

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And when it all happens thousands of feet above the clouds, matters can be made even more serious.

This week, a potentially fatal medical emergency broke out aboard a flight.

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On Tuesday, a China Southern Airlines flight took off for New York but chaos quickly ensued when crew desperately asked for a doctor on board.

The reason?

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An elderly man with a severely swollen stomach had become complaining of intense abdominal pain.

Flight attendants had been walking down the aisle as normal...

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As the flight took off at around 1:55 am, they were doing their usual routine of checking all passengers were comfortable.

But it was then that the head of cabin crew was alerted to the elderly man.

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He was in need of urgent medical assistance.

After going over to check on him...

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He was clearly very unwell and had broken out into a cold sweat. So the crew searched for a doctor and made the man a temporary bed in the crew area of the aircraft.

Unbelievably, there was a doctor on board...

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Vascular surgeon, Zhang Hong, happened to be on board and instantly came to the man's aid.

Upon assessing the man, Dr. Hong discovered something truly alarming...

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Along with another doctor, Xiao Zhangxiang, he found the man’s bladder was filled with around one liter of urine as he was unable to urinate himself.

The bladder condition was life-threatening...

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The man, who had a history of prostate enlargement, and with six hours still left before the flight landed in New York, was potentially just minutes away from a fatal rupture.

Fearing the man may die, Dr. Hong thought on his feet...

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Unbelievably, using materials he could find - including a portable oxygen mask, a syringe needle, a bottled milk straw, and tape, he constructed a homemade catheter with the hopes of syringing out the urine.

But, after piercing the man's bladder...

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He realized that with the limited cabin space, and with the extremely small needle, the syringe wasn't working properly.

He had to act fast.

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“If we had not dealt with the situation in time, the patient’s life would have been at risk," Dr Hong, who is head of vascular surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, told The South China Morning Post.

So he resorted to another way of getting the urine out...

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... his mouth.

The heroic doctor used the makeshift straw device to suck out the man's urine.

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He then spat it into an empty wine bottle.

Using his mouth and a straw...

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Dr. Hong managed to extract 800 milliliters of urine in around thirty-seven minutes. The urine was filled into bottles by the cabin crew to know how much urine had been taken out so he could then gage the state of his condition.

The makeshift procedure was caught on film.

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"It was an emergency situation. I couldn't figure out another way," Dr. Hong explained. "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."

So, what happened to the patient after the plane landed?

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The patient was taken to a hospital after the airplane landed in New York, meaning Dr. Hong saved his life with his incredible on-board procedure. Don't worry, we have the clip coming right up...

His incredible dedication and quick thinking have seen him hailed as a "hero."

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Since the clip went viral, people have been praising Dr. Hong for his true dedication to saving lives.

Though Dr. Hong seems to remain pretty humble about his heroic act...

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"There was no other way. I didn’t think too much about it. I only wanted to help him extract the urine retained in his bladder. "Saving lives is a doctor’s instinct."

Watch the full clip below:

Dr. Hong's dedication is utterly admirable. So incredibly lucky that he was there.