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AIIMS doctor removes PPE, risks corona infection to save Covid19 patient

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A senior resident doctor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has earned praise for risking his life to save a Covid19 patient. The incident happened on May 7 in an ambulance while the patient was on his way to the hospital’s trauma centre.

Dr Zahid Abdul Majeed, a critical care division specialist removed his PPE to re-intubate the patient. The patient is still on a ventilator while the doctor is under quarantine.

Dr Zahid said his father also applauded him for putting his life at risk for a patient. “My father called me today and said even if I were to die from Covid19 he would not grieve as I saved the life of a patient and may die as a martyr,” he was quoted by the media.

Dr Zahid is a Kashmiri and has been working at AIIMS for nearly two years. Speaking about the incident, he said it was not an example to follow.

“But when the transfer was happening, I realised that the patient’s tube was mal-positioned and without intervention, he would suffer a cardiac arrest. In the ambulance working with a PPE wasn’t viable and so I removed it except for my N-95 mask to perform the procedure,” he said.

Intubation refers to the insertion of a tube in the body mostly in the trachea to help in artificial ventilation.