BUFFALO, NY - A local physician known for being innovative was called into action in mid-air. Dr. Khurshid Guru helped a child suffering an asthma attack on a flight from Spain.
It was the fourth hour of a seven-and-a-half hour flight when Dr. Guru heard the call for a physician on board. The 2-year old child needed his asthma medication, but his parents accidentally had them packed in the checked luggage.
Dr. Guru was surprised there were no pediatric supplies on board. He used a water bottle, a cup, tape and an oxygen tank to connect to an adult nebulizer to save the child.
"It's a personal wake up call for families to make sure you carry these small things," he said. "If you have a child with asthma, their nebulizer and medication should be handy with you."
The parents of the child did not speak English. but Dr. Guru said the mother was crying.
Dr. Guru is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
A few years ago, Dr. Guru worked with a UB collaborator to develop one of the first robotic surgical simulators, called the RoSS. In November, he will receive the Thomas B. Tomasi MD, PhD Hope Award.