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2 doctors on flight honored for courageous life-saving acts

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-11-22 10:06

Zhang Hong, a doctor from the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, siphons out urine with his mouth. [Photo/people.com.cn]

Two doctors who moved the public when one siphoned out urine with his mouth to save a senior patient on a flight have been honored by their hospitals, and one doctor will be awarded 100,000 yuan ($14,227.78) according to his hospital.

Hainan General Hospital in Haikou, capital of South China's Hainan province, convened a meeting Thursday, when it decided to honor Xiao Zhanxiang with the Virtue and Art Award and reward him with 100,000 yuan.

Zhao Jiannong, Party chief of the hospital, said that Xiao is a skilled, intelligent and courageous doctor in the style of famed Canadian physician Norman Bethune.

The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, also decided to honor and reward Zhang Hong, the other doctor in the case.

The hospital's president Xu Anding said the hospital is proud of Zhang's dedicated spirit, and that, as Zhang was in New York for an international medical forum and would come back next week, the hospital will present him with the award after his return.

Xiao Zhanxiang (right 1) and Zhang Hong (right 2) discuss with flight attendants. [Photo/people.com.cn]

Xiao and Zhang were on Flight CZ399 from Guangzhou to New York when they learned of an older man unable to urinate and at risk for bladder rupture while six hours of flying time still remained before landing.

Xiao made a makeshift urine draining device from a tube from an oxygen mask, a syringe needle, straw and tape, but the urine didn't automatically flow out via the "catheter" because there was not enough of a pressure difference.

Facing such an urgent situation, Zhang proposed that he could siphon out the liquid with his mouth and he did that. Zhang repeatedly siphoned out mouthfuls of urine and spit them into a cup. The process took whole 37 minutes.

With the urine drained bit by bit, the man gradually recovered. When the plane arrived in New York, the man got off the plane safely with his wife.

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