German doctor saves life of woman on flight to Israel

Orthopedic trauma expert is called by flight crew to treat woman suffering from thrombosis in her leg that could have killed her.

By
May 10, 2011 18:11
1 minute read.
[illustrative photo]

Passengers plane flight 311 (R). (photo credit: Vivek Prakash / Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A German surgeon who flew a day early to Israel to lecture on his specialty of orthopedic treatment for trauma, saved the life of an unnamed 65-yearold woman aboard the Lufthansa flight to Ben-Gurion Airport on Independence Day.

Prof. Christian Krettek of Hannover University Hospital was scheduled to attend a conference on new surgical technology at Ziv Medical Center in Safed. Krettek is considered a leading authority on the use of the navigator technique for orthopedic surgery.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Ben Gurion planes refueling from emergency reserves

The conference begins on Thursday, but the German physician decided to come early to visit friends at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. His hosts, who waited for him at the airport, learned that Krettek was late because he had on-board treated a fellow passenger who was in moderate-to-serious condition.

Ninety minutes before landing, a woman on the plane said she felt unwell, vomited and complained of pain in her leg. Then she collapsed. The flight crew called for a doctor and, noticing the German physician on the passenger list, asked him to help. He examined her and found that she had a dangerous thrombosis in her leg that could have clogged her coronary vessels.

Krettek injected her with the necessary medications on the plane, requested for an ambulance to meet her upon arrival, and kept watch until she was evacuated. He was certain that without immediate treatment on the flight, she could have died.

Krettek said it was the fourth time that he has treated patients while on a plane, but that this was the most difficult case he had ever encountered.



“I was happy I was on the flight because I had decided to arrive in Israel a day before I had planned,” he said.

Related Content

Lab
August 31, 2014
Weizmann scientists bring nature back to artificially selected lab mice

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH