A sixty-nine year old doctor from Mysuru, Karnataka became a hero for one European traveler abound the Air France, reports an English daily.
Dr Prabhulingaswamy Sanganalmath, a retired government physician, was flying from Paris and Bengaluru on the airline on November 13, when a co-passenger had a medical emergency.
The European passenger, who was also a senior citizen, collapsed when the flight was mid-air.
Soon the cabin crew asked for medical assistance.
Dr Sanganalmath rose to the occasion and offered to provide his services. A nurse was also there to assist him with the procedures.
Dr Sanganalmath said that the European was in a grave condition as he did not have a pulse.
He recalled the incident saying, "“I was perhaps the only doctor traveling. There was a nurse in the flight who assisted me,” he said.“There was no pulse and he was not breathing,” he said.
Dr Sanganalmath performed a cardiac massage, and then a resuscitation process, with the nurse's assistance. He also said that the air hostesses brought the emergency health kit and oxygen tank for the procedure. “The air hostesses brought the emergency health kit and oxygen tank. The oxygen supplemented resuscitation was carried out,” he said.
He added that the patient was under observation till the flight landed in Bengaluru. He was then taken to the airport clinic for further examination.
He said that the airline rewarded him for helping out and even gave him a voucher. “The flight captain came to me and expressed his gratitude for my help. Next day I got a message from Vincent Feuillie of Air France Passenger Medical Service thanking me for the medical assistance. Now, the airline has offered me a voucher worth 100 Euros as a token of appreciation,” he said.
He also said that he had done nothing more than his duty.