New Delhi: A team of doctors hailing from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi managed to save the life of a two-year-old child who stopped breathing mid-air onboard a Bangalore-Delhi Vistara flight.
The incident occurred on Sunday evening when five senior resident doctors from AIIMS, who were en route to Delhi after attending a medical conference in Bengaluru, found themselves onboard Vistara flight UK-814. The young child, a two-year-old girl, had undergone intracardiac repair surgery and was unfortunately unconscious and cyanosed.
Responding to the call, five doctors—Dr Navdeep Kaur, Dr Damandeep Singh, Dr Rishab Jain, Dr Oishika, and Dr Avichala Taxak—started the emergency medical treatment and examined the child.
Taking swift action, the team promptly began administering CPR even with limited resources available onboard the flight. They skillfully inserted an intravenous cannula, established an oropharyngeal airway, and orchestrated an emergency response in collaboration with the resident team on the flight. Through their collective efforts, they managed to restore the child’s circulation, as detailed in an official statement released by AIIMS Delhi.
The situation became further complicated by another cardiac arrest, during which an automated external defibrillator (AED) was utilized. For an intense period of 45 minutes, the doctors worked tirelessly to resuscitate the child while the flight was diverted to Nagpur, where it landed safely. Upon arrival in Nagpur, the child was transferred to the care of a paediatrician while in a “stable hemodynamic” condition.