Physician Saves Child On Flight From Spain

A physician in Buffalo, NY, known for being innovative was called into action on a flight from Spain to the U.S.

It was the fourth hour of a seven-and-a-half hour flight when Dr. Khurshid Guru heard the call for a physician on board. A 2-year old child needed his asthma medication, but his parents accidentally had them packed in the checked luggage. He was apparently having an asthma attack.

Dr. Guru was surprised there were no pediatric supplies on board. He used a water bottle, a cup, tape and an oxygen tank to connect to an adult “nebulizer” to save the child.

A nebulizer is, according to Wikipedia, a “drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.”

The parents of the child did not speak English. but Dr. Guru said the mother was crying.

Dr. Guru is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

A few years ago, Dr. Guru and a co-worker from the University at Buffalo worked on one of the first robotic surgical simulators, called the RoSS. In November, he will receive the Thomas B. Tomasi MD, PhD Hope Award.


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