From flights to trains to even just going out and about, you never know what a medical emergency happen.
Below are ten of the best 'Is there a doctor on board' stories. Check them out!
1/10) I had just gotten my EMT. I was flying alone, and had gotten upgraded seats. I drank at the lounge for two hours, then boarded the plane and continued drinking wine until I passed out.
I woke up to the PA system asking, "if an EMT on board, please come and identify yourself to a crew member."
I thought to myself: "Oh boy, someone must be in trouble, I should see if I can help."
I realized that someone was me when a flight attendant slipped on oxygen mask on my face. Apparently, I'd gotten up to go to the bathroom and passed out in the aisle.
After I identified myself as the EMT, they laughed, gave me some orange juice, and put me back in my seat where I slept the rest of the flight and got to go through customs just as the hangover hit.
2/10) A friend of mine had recently graduated with her PhD and, feeling proud of herself, was writing "Dr" on everything - including her boarding passes/ID cards, everything. She's boarding the plane and the air hostess notices her title "Welcome aboard, Dr!". She's chuffed with herself.
Of course, fast forward to a few hours later, someone on the flight is having breathing difficulties, and the air hostess announces "If there are any doctors on board, please make yourself known to staff". Well my friend sits there, paralyzed with the realization that the only way she can help is if the passenger in question is a plant (she's a plant biotech grad), but doesn't think it's worth explaining this to the crew. So she sits there, not making eye contact.
This is why I never write 'Dr' on my documents.
3/10) On a flight from Philadelphia to London, the flight attendant announces if there is a doctor on board, please press your call light. I waited a few seconds and when nothing happened, I reluctantly pressed the button. The passenger was complaining of chest/upper abdominal pains. We were on an American Airlines Boeing 777 which showed a map of where we were. At this point we were just over the southern tip of Greenland.
I do a quick exam of the passenger and conclude he most likely is having a bout of acute hepatitis (jaundiced under tongue and eyes, upper right quadrant pain, pulse fast but not tachycardia). I needed to get the patient a little more comfort and asked if they had seats that fully reclined. The flight attendant said they do in first class. So we get upgraded for the rest of the flight. I don't call an emergency and we land at Heathrow without incident. Paramedics arrive to take him to the hospital; I continue on through customs.
I think nothing of it except six months later, I get a letter in the mail from the flight surgeon of AA thanking me and giving me 50,000 frequent flyer miles, which was good for round trip domestic travel. That was nice of them. But I didn't make them land a full plane in Greenland, so I guess they got off cheap.