Airplane Medical Emergency | WE COULDN'T LAND! | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • Well, this flight was exciting, to say the least! Luckily it was a learning experience for both me and Matt! Whenever you have an airplane medical emergency doctors do have an ethical but no legal obligation to help. After this event, I thought it might be nice to do a dedicated video to Airplane Medical Emergencies and in general what is expected of doctors and passengers. If you're game for that please let me know in the comments!

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Comments • 10 287

  • Morgan Scasny
    Morgan Scasny  21 minutes back

    My heart was racing as I’m watching this. I just... i just wow

    • Logan Kerlee
      Logan Kerlee  43 minutes back

      I'm totally down to watch and listen to you talk about what went on over there. :)

      I'm looking forward to that video if it comes about.

      • Kim Ann Doherty
        Kim Ann Doherty  46 minutes back


        • Jyez_ -
          Jyez_ -  1 hours back

          He’s on the Australia news today the morning show

          • Black Unicorn
            Black Unicorn  1 hours back

            first of all Palestine*
            secondly thanks for saving his life! <3

            • Brittany 2H
              Brittany 2H  2 hours back

              They didn't ask if any of the other passengers had an EpiPen on them?

              • Angela Anderson
                Angela Anderson  2 hours back

                Craziness! Thankfully you were on that plane!
                I’ve been tested for for that alpha gal myself because of several reason and I too have had delayed allergic reactions and delayed anaphylactic reaction! I have an auto injector and the likelihood I’d need it is slim to hopefully never...but at least I have them. I’ve worried about in-flight reactions (and wasn’t aware the dose wasn’t appropriate in flight kits). So I carry my own “allergy kit” which contains Benadryl, my albuterol inhaler....and an epi pen.

                Good job doctor and thanks for standing up and saying “I’m a doctor”. 😊

                • Patrick Star
                  Patrick Star  2 hours back

                  I want to hear about Isreal!!!

                  • Erika Pennella
                    Erika Pennella  2 hours back

                    Love u in ur glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    • Patrick Star
                      Patrick Star  2 hours back

                      I believe you mean...

                      *well yes, but actually no*

                    • E Taylor
                      E Taylor  2 hours back

                      Mike: Alpha-gal is found in some mammals- not people.
                      My first thought, despite not being a cannibal: cool so I can safely eat people

                      • sleepingArisu
                        sleepingArisu  2 hours back

                        Did you just star in the House MD episode or something?

                        • Saralyn Rinear
                          Saralyn Rinear  2 hours back

                          Omg! That's so crazy

                          • Danni Elise
                            Danni Elise  3 hours back

                            I know that I am commenting late and you probably won’t see this but if they can’t keep Epi pens on board because they are expensive, but there are also Auvi-Q auto injectors and they are significantly lower priced and they have a voice feature that can talk to who ever opens them an it tells them what to do to inject the epinephrine. Having a severe tree nut allergy they really help when I’m around my friends who don’t know how to use an epipens/Auvi-Q

                            • FrostyApril
                              FrostyApril  3 hours back

                              People thanked him for not diverting the plane, they did not care about the actual human life he saved. Such selfish people.

                              • arescue
                                arescue  3 hours back

                                I am really glad that you were there to help him.

                                • Kristen Barkey
                                  Kristen Barkey  3 hours back

                                  SO...are there any health care professionals that have not “gone to the bathroom” and googled how to do a procedure!! I HAVE! Most pt and family members would take this in a negative way BUT a medical professional clinician carrying out a googled procedure is night and day from a non clinician, RIGHT?!?!!!!

                                  • Green Lit Boiz
                                    Green Lit Boiz  3 hours back

                                    I think you mean Palestine

                                    • MadamMorgan
                                      MadamMorgan  3 hours back

                                      God bless you, Dr. Mike and all physicians and nurses for all you do selflessly for all people. Amen.

                                      • ZTRAK101 Clipers
                                        ZTRAK101 Clipers  3 hours back

                                        This is entertaining! Thanks and good job 👏

                                        • Sinister Scribbles
                                          Sinister Scribbles  4 hours back


                                          • Efflorescentey
                                            Efflorescentey  4 hours back

                                            In Australia you have to have an epipen on board

                                            • Mackenzie Nowlin
                                              Mackenzie Nowlin  4 hours back

                                              Anybody seen the greys anatomy episode like this? 🤣

                                              • Justin Slays
                                                Justin Slays  4 hours back

                                                Dr. Mike: "Saves Patient"
                                                Patient at end of video: "Thanks Dr. Mark"

                                                • Tyler Serafin
                                                  Tyler Serafin  4 hours back

                                                  Hey, can you review this story about a doctor who saved a man on a plane? Awesome Doctor, can't believe he remembered all that information and was able to help the passenger. Incredible!

                                                  • Erick Zamudio
                                                    Erick Zamudio  4 hours back

                                                    So lesson here is there so be a flight doctor on bored on every plane for issues like this

                                                    • Under The Juniper Tree
                                                      Under The Juniper Tree  4 hours back

                                                      I'm super curious, PLEASE talk about your trip to Israel! What medical breakthroughs are you talking about? I'd love to know!

                                                      Bless your heart for saving that man's life!

                                                      • Inga M.
                                                        Inga M.  5 hours back

                                                        Great job Dr. Mike. I just realized I might have alpha-gal allergy, or something along those lines. I will definitely consult with my physician, to see if it's the case. I don't find it too outlandish for me, as I have terrible reactions whenever I eat red meat (though not life threatening, just uncomfortable), and I have also been bitten by ticks a lot since I was a child.

                                                        Not sure if anyone knows this, but do some types of mammalian meat contain more alpha-gal than others? I have extreme reactions to lamb meat, and also quite bad for beef, but I don't react as bad to pork.

                                                        • Paola Reyes
                                                          Paola Reyes  5 hours back

                                                          Not all heroes wear capes

                                                          • Karen Thao
                                                            Karen Thao  5 hours back

                                                            Way to go Dr. Mike!

                                                            • RealityBytes
                                                              RealityBytes  5 hours back

                                                              It’s ridiculous that they don’t have epi-pens on board and I’m not sure if there are rules in place already, but flight attendants should be trained in basic first aid. There won’t always be a doctor on board and so much time would have gone by even if they decided to land somewhere else that it could’ve easily ended differently.

                                                              • ǁLokiǁ
                                                                ǁLokiǁ  5 hours back

                                                                This story is amazing! You’re a fucking hero man. Good job this is insane

                                                                • Raina MacLeod
                                                                  Raina MacLeod  5 hours back

                                                                  You should do a video on how important it is to be charitable and help raise global healthcare. Check out the NGO my family started to bring electricity to a hospital in Uganda and hopefully support its maternity unit. A shout out or endorsement from you could really help our fundraising and in turn save hundreds of lives in the Ibanda, Uganda area. (A friend showed me your channel during a stressful finals week and it's pretty great, thanks!)

                                                                  • Saajida Saaj
                                                                    Saajida Saaj  6 hours back

                                                                    Great work there, Dr.Mike :) I am anxious to know about the Isreal Journey and accomplishments!!!

                                                                    • Kovii Muruko
                                                                      Kovii Muruko  6 hours back

                                                                      Hi Doctor Mike, I absolutely love your videos, thank you for sharing your knowledge and thoughts and for the sacrifices you make for patients🤗

                                                                      For about the last 5 months, I've been experiencing fever like sensations especially around submissions and deadlines (I'm in uni), but not having an actual fever. It feels like I'm heating up, especially my upper body, and when I feel my forehead it feels hot, but to other's it feels normal. I've not had any major illnesses and do not become sick often. And I low blood pressure. Can you think of any reasons why this may be happening and what I could do about it?

                                                                      • TigerLilly
                                                                        TigerLilly  6 hours back

                                                                        That poor man
                                                                        But oh my goddess thank God Mike was there

                                                                        • Zainab K.k
                                                                          Zainab K.k  6 hours back

                                                                          Like seriously 🤩wow💕💕 it's also happen in real 👌 excellent work Doctor👍

                                                                          • onepoorguy
                                                                            onepoorguy  7 hours back

                                                                            Well now you have to watch House season 3 ep 18 ("Airborne"). Can't say it's one of my faves, but definitely relevant to this adventure.

                                                                            • Pooka Chu
                                                                              Pooka Chu  7 hours back

                                                                              Forgot to add the part of the story where after it was identified as Dr. Mike on the plane half the women and some men started faking heart attacks to get mouth to mouth

                                                                              • Hana Riaz
                                                                                Hana Riaz  7 hours back

                                                                                Please do a video on the things you did in Jerusalem. Would love to hear about it!

                                                                                • G Salerno
                                                                                  G Salerno  7 hours back

                                                                                  if there's not an epi pen on shorter flights there should one on flights that are long and/or fly across an ocean

                                                                                  • G Salerno
                                                                                    G Salerno  7 hours back

                                                                                    Me sleep deprived: *laughs at everything and watches cringey tv shows*
                                                                                    Dr. Mike sleep deprived: lets save this dude

                                                                                    • Muhammed Lall
                                                                                      Muhammed Lall  7 hours back

                                                                                      He should go to Palestine

                                                                                      • michael 11629
                                                                                        michael 11629  8 hours back

                                                                                        2020 vote for Mike

                                                                                        • Joyce Tebelin
                                                                                          Joyce Tebelin  8 hours back

                                                                                          Make a video for airplane medical emergencies!! :) Also curious with your research trip to Israel.

                                                                                          • NiteOwel
                                                                                            NiteOwel  8 hours back

                                                                                            Delta airlines: cause life is a f*cking nightmare!

                                                                                            • Justin Durden
                                                                                              Justin Durden  8 hours back

                                                                                              Update it every 6 months to a year and give the ones that still have 6 months- a year left to those in need...

                                                                                              • Willis K
                                                                                                Willis K  9 hours back

                                                                                                This was awesome stuff. Very cool you were able to use all your knowledge and training to save a life. Also you guys got to meet up afterwards as well. Hope your trip went well.