In the latest flying medical news, a 39-year-old patient who was severely injured in a car accident was just lifted from Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia to Beijing in a plane ambulance dubbed “ICU in the Sky”, according to Tencent News.
The patient, surnamed Nie, faced multiple fractures, lungs contusion and intracranial bleeding and was directed to Beijing for emergency surgery.
Beijing Red Cross 999 Emergency Centre sent its plane ambulance, a fixed-wing aircraft including a stretcher, from the Tianjin Binhai International Airport at 8:00 in the morning and it took off at 11:40 a.m. towards the Beijing Capital Airport.
The distance between Ulanhot and Beijing is around 1,000 kilometres. After two hours, the plane ambulance arrived at the Beijing airport. Nie was carefully moved to the ambulance as two police cars were dispatched to clear the way. The first one guarded the ambulance from the airport to Wuyuan Bridge and another guided it from Changan Road to the hospital.
“The patient underwent cranial surgery and thoracic surgery last Friday, which is relatively unusual,” said Wei Yanfang, the doctor who accompanied Nie.
“The patient remained comparatively stable during the transferal. Since he had cranial operation, oxygen support and transfusion were performed,” said Wei.
Currently, Nie is still with multiple fractures and is under observation.
Perhaps wealth can buy health after all.
[Image via Tencent News]
By Christy Lau