Local doctor turns hero in mid-flight medical drama

HERO: Chris Gill was in the right place at the right time when he saved another man's life.
HERO: Chris Gill was in the right place at the right time when he saved another man's life. Peter Carruthers

WHEN Chris Gill boarded his Qantas flight from the United States to Australia, he did not expect to save someone's life midway through.

Dr Gill was on his way home after a three-week holiday in the US with his wife, four kids and in-laws when he noticed a man who appeared unwell.

"Almost halfway into the flight, somebody in the back had bumped into my mother-in-law's chair behind me," he said.

"He looked pale and was sweating and looked as though he was going to faint."

A doctor at Proserpine Hospital, Dr Gill followed his gut instinct and approached the man.

Dr Gill learned the man was bleeding and knew he had to take immediate action.

"We took him to business class to examine him and we put an oxygen mask on him and gave him fluids and I monitored him for about four hours," he said. Dr Gill quickly informed the pilot of the situation, who diverted the plane to Hawaii.

"If we'd passed Hawaii, which was the halfway point of the trip, the scenario could have been much worse," he said.

Despite working in emergency at the hospital, Dr Gill said the situation took him by surprise.

Dr Gill said he understood the man was "doing okay" and was grateful for the support of the Qantas team during the ordeal.

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