4/10) Paramedic here from UK.
My wife and I were on our honeymoon flight out to Thailand. They asked if there was anyone medical on board about four hours in. No one put a hand up, so I went up. They asked me for my medical identification, which I didn't have. They said I couldn't intervene, so I said fine, and left them to it. They obviously have strict rules about this.
Five minutes later, they asked again. I told them to have someone look up my paramedic registration on the hcpc website, if they were desperate. Obviously they decided they were. They had me go through and see him.
70ish yearr old man, totally unconscious, sweating like a cheese in a greenhouse. No one had done anything with him. A quick set of observations confirmed the obvious. He was having a massive hypoglycaemic event. Unfortunately didn't reveal that he was diabetic and didn't have a hypostop kit with him.
So I did the jab, got him round with some oxygen and gave instructions for the staff to monitor him.
Sat back down and watched the rest of my film. The patient was grateful and the flight attendants were loading our glasses for the rest of the flight.
5/10) I was on Eurostar train from London to Paris and that call was made. There was a conference on, so about ten doctors walked one at a time down the carriage and nine walked back shortly after. Train was stopped at next station to let the patient off.
6/10) My dad, who's an internal medicine doctor, was on a flight to Alaska.
They did the whole "is there any medical professionals on board" thing and my dad just sat there for a minute hoping that another person would get up and help. They did the announcement again and still nobody so Pops got up and went to the back where the guy was almost passed out on the floor.
Apparently the guy recently had back surgery, had taken some pain medicine but forgot to eat which I guess caused his blood sugar to drop. Pops did his doctoring thing which pretty much consisted of him telling the flight attendants to get the person as much orange juice as he wanted. Once the guy felt better the flight attendants started offering my dad steaks and free alcohol. He said no to all the fancy stuff and opted for a root beer.
My uncle, who he went to visit, is a pilot and he told my dad that if he didn't help, they would have had to reroute the plane to the nearest airport, get all the passengers new tickets to their destination which would have cost the airline tons of money.
A few weeks after the incident, pops got a packet in the mail from the airline for 2 free round trip tickets anywhere in the US.
He's a good man.