Readers Share Stories of In-Flight Emergencies

In response to the cover story “On Call at 30,000 Feet” and the editorial by S. Terry Canale, MD, “Is There a Doctor on Board This Flight?” in the September 2013 issue of AAOS Now, several readers shared their own stories of treating in-flight emergencies.

David W. Polly Jr, MD, is no stranger to flying or flight emergencies. Dr. Polly, chief of spine service at the University of Minnesota, wrote that he has about 1.75 million miles of flying and has responded to 12 calls, two of which were life-threatening.

“One was a case of food aspiration while we were flying over the Pacific Ocean,” wrote Dr. Polly. “The flight attendant did the Heimlich maneuver and saved the person’s life.”

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