After a 1946 plane crash, Howard Hughes decided he did not like the design of the hospital bed he was laying in. He called in his engineers and had them design a new bed that would allow someone with severe burns to move freely. It became the prototype for the modern hospital bed.
In 1981, a pediatrician saved the life of a 3.2-pound premature baby boy by working around the clock to beat the odds & stabilize him. In 2011, the pediatrician was pinned inside a burning vehicle after a car collision, but was saved by the premature baby, who had grown up to become a paramedic.
A 19 yr old pizza delivery guy helped save a man’s life by performing CPR on the customer who was turning blue outside the house. He said, “I left a pizza boy and came back a pizza man.” His tip was 25 bucks.
In 1990, Kerry Packer, the richest man in Australia, purchased defibrillators for every ambulance in New South Wales after his life was saved by an rescue crew that had one of the few defibrillators in the country.
A German biologist who claimed measles is psychosomatic, offered 100,000 Euros to anyone who proved measles is a virus. A German doctor presented evidence of the virus; the biologist dismissed the evidence, but the local court ordered him to pay up.
The stethoscope was conceived because the inventor felt uncomfortable placing his ear on a woman’s bare chest to listen to her heart.
In 2010 a UK man had chronic hiccups for 2 1/2 years, and was told by doctors it was probably heartburn. A Japanese variety show picked up the story, and in the course of filming, discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was removed, his hiccups went away, and this possibly saved his life.
A soviet surgeon had to remove his own appendix on an Antarctica base because he was the only doctor.
Residents of the US, particularly those living near the Mexican border, now routinely cross the border into Mexico for medical care. Mexican dentists often charge 20 to 25 percent of U.S. prices, while other procedures typically cost a third what they would cost in the US.