Fifth-year medical student at Maastricht University Julia Bels was on a flight to Morocco, when suddenly one of the flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board. One of the passengers had a pain in his eye and when Julia looked at it with a flashlight, his pupil no longer reacted. The man had been operated on his eye a while ago because of releasing retina. In order to give extra support to the eye after the operation, a gas bubble was left behind that may have started to expand. It is advised not to fly after such an operation, but the man had not discussed the flight with his doctor.
When the co-pilot asked Julia for advice on what to do, she indicated that making a stopover was the best option to prevent risks such as blindness. The pilots followed her advice and made a stopover in the Spanish city of Girona.
When she arrived in Fez, the flight captain thanked Julia and told her that the man was getting the appropriate medical care at the hospital.
Well done Julia! And now you and Max go and enjoy a well deserved holiday in Fez!Maastrichtse studente (22) laat vliegtuig landen zodat man niet blind wordt