Is there a doctor on the plane?
Kiran Somani knows what it's like to be faced with a real emergency
In the movies, and occasionally in the news, doctors are depicted as heroic figures capable of performing amazing life saving feats. They appear out of the crowd at just the right moment, and with their knowledge and resourcefulness return an ill fated stranger to perfect health. But in fact although doctors everywhere provide a huge service, few real life medics find themselves in situations as dramatic as those seen on the television and in the movies.
At the end of May I completed my intercalated course and was looking forward to a last long trip abroad before returning to the fourth year of medicine. A friend and I had decided a long relaxing break in South America sounded perfect. The tickets were booked immediately.
After boarding the plane we both relaxed into our seats grinning with anticipation