IAF doctors' alacrity saves Aero India visitor's life

February 06, 2021

Aero India, the aviation exhibition is one of the premier events that takes place bianually.

Aero India, the aviation exhibition is one of the premier events that takes place bianually. The overall infrastructure and management adds to the credibility of the show. A case which exemplified the agility and management capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF) doctors at the event is the way they handled the case of 26-year-old woman who fainted on the first day of the show.

Lakshmi (name changed) had come to watch the aero show with her family on the first day. She was unaware of her pregnancy. While enjoying the show, she fainted and the family was concerned. The IAF doctors at the site immediately took her to the medical room and checked her haemoglobin levels. With minimal diagnostic facilities, they diagnosed her as a case of ruptured ectopic pregnancy at the site. Understanding the seriousness of the situation, they shifted her to the emergency department of Columbia Asia Hospital. Any delay in shifting her to the hospital could have been fatal.

The patient was in shock when she was received as she had already lost a lot of blood due to internal bleeding. Dr. Vijaya Sherbet, Consultant, OBG, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal, and her team acted quickly and prepared the patient for laparoscopic surgery. In spite of a HB of 5 g/dl and hypovolemic shock, the competence and confidence of the anaesthesia team allowed her to be treated by that is laproscopic.

Talking about the situation Dr. Vijaya Sherbet said "When the patient came to the hospital, she was in shock, her BP was low and pulse was feeble. The immediate response and clinical expertise of the Air Force doctors at the site helped in correct diagnosis and quick shifting of the patient to the hospital. As soon as she was brought to the hospital, we confirmed the diagnosis and decided to perform laparoscopic surgery. Due to internal bleeding we had to transfuse three units of blood to the patient."

The patient responded well to the treatment and was discharged within 48 hours from the hospital.