A physician from Guangdong, China has won praise on social media after sucking the urine of an elderly man suffering from urologic complications during an international flight.
The heroic act, caught in the now-viral photos and videos, took place on China Southern Airlines’ flight CZ399, which was heading from Guangzhou to New York on Nov. 19.
The elderly passenger, believed to be in his 70s, suddenly complained of urinary retention, or the inability to empty the bladder, according to Xinhua.
Fortunately, two other passengers who turned out to be doctors came forward to help.
Xiao Zhanxiang, who works at Hainan Central Hospital, assembled a catheter-like device that supposedly facilitated urine excretion — but it wasn’t enough.
Zhang Hong, a physician from The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, then offered to suck the man’s urine through the device.
Zhang’s method worked, relieving the passenger.
In photos and videos from the scene, the doctor can be seen spitting out the man’s urine into a bottle and cup.
Zhang collected nearly 800 ml of urine after continuously sucking for 37 minutes, CCTV reported.
People celebrated the doctor’s selfless act on Weibo:
“He’s a true healer!”
“He deserves to be rewarded.”
“This doctor deserves to be admired!”
“I can’t do it even if I’m given 1 million yuan
“Let’s be honest, 90% of kids these days can’t do this.”