Doctor at Queen’s Hospital NHS Trust helps save passenger’s life on flight to London
PUBLISHED: 10:04 19 June 2018
A doctor who works at Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way helped save the life of a passenger on a recent flight to London.
Dr Dip Mukherjee, a surgeon at Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, was relaxing on a flight home when he heard the call, “is there a doctor on board?”
Along with three other doctors, Dip was able to help to save the life of an elderly woman who had suffered a cardiac arrest.
After CPR initially brought her round, the patient then had another cardiac arrest, which meant Dip and the team of doctors had to keep her oxygenised for more than 30 minutes, until the pilot could make an emergency landing in Budapest.
Luckily, the patient is recovering well after her high-altitude experience.
Dip said: “It isn’t about one doctor saving a life - it’s about a group of people working as a team to help someone when they need it most.”
It’s not the first time Dip has come to someone’s aid when he’s not been at work.
He saved the life of a young man in Cornwall in 2010 who was choking after also having a cardiac arrest.
Dip was keen to point out that saving a life is not something only doctors can do and that advanced life support courses for healthcare professionals can equip them with the skills they need to do exactly the same.
“Without the confidence I gained from training, I’m not sure I would have been able to do it,” he added.
His passion for equipping people with the skills needed to save a life via training is also why Dip is a member of the group, Essex Indians, which offers basic life support courses both in the UK and India.
Dip believes anyone is capable of learning the basic skills of CPR.