"America's Hottest Doctor" Saves a Passenger's Life on Flight
Dr. Mike Varshavski saved a man suffering from anaphylactic shock 30,000 feet above the ocean.
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If you suffer from severe allergies, it's important to bring your EpiPen to school, a social event, or a restaurant. But what if you suffer an allergy attack 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean? This scary scenario became real life for Matt Faraco two hours into his flight from New York City to Tel Aviv last week. But luckily, the beloved celebrity doctor, Dr. Mike Varshavski-commonly known as "America's Hottest Doctor"-was there to save the day.
The New York Post reported that Faraco went into anaphylactic shock unexpectedly mid-flight, and his throat began to close up. The flight crew asked if there were any doctors on board, and Dr. Mike stepped in to assess the situation. Faraco told The Post he doesn't have food allergies, so he doesn't keep an EpiPen on hand, and there wasn't one on the plane.
Dr. Mike got a hold on the plane's advanced life support kit, which had the epinephrine needed to keep Faraco's throat from closing up.
"We needed to do some troubleshooting, adjusting the dosage and working out how to administer the medicine," Varshavski told The Post. "We were able to work it out and administer it into his leg muscle-that for sure hurt, but was the best option. Had we left the situation to deteriorate, we would have risked having to open his airways with an incision."
Dr. Mike stayed with Faraco and monitored his vitals for the remainder of the flight and noted it wasn't long before he was back in full health. The celebrity doctor is now advocating for storing EpiPens on flights-especially international ones.
Faraco is fortunate that there was a skilled physician on his flight-especially since food allergies are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. The number of people who suffer from food allergies has doubled in the last two decades, and currently 32 million Americans report having one or more types of food allergies.
According to Food Allergy Research and Education, the eight most common (and serious) food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish. If you think you have a food allergy, set up an appointment with your doctor to get tested. And if you suffer from any serious allergies, always make sure to keep your Epipen and allergy medications in your carry-on bag when you travel.