For the majority of us, 90 percent of what we learn in school gets forgotten immediately after graduation, but for one IIT student his freshman year engineering classes helped him save a life.
Karttikeya Mangalam, an undergrad at the Indian Institue of Technology, was making his way back to New Delhi after a semester abroad when a passenger on his flight had a medical emergency.
The passenger was a diabetic who had lost their insulin pump after having removed it for airport security, fortunately there was a doctor on the plane who carried an insulin pen of his own. But an hour later, the passenger’s condition had worsened.
According to the doctor, the slow release insulin he had administered wouldn’t save him in time, but the fast-acting insulin cartridges the passenger carried wouldn’t fit in the insulin pen. Unless the two parts could work together, the passenger would likely die.
An IIT student explains how he used his engineering skills to save a diabetic’s life mid-flight https://t.co/4yG2lPQ80R
Karttikeya Mangalam put his lessons from his first year in college to good use and helped a diabetic flyer get his insulin shot. pic.twitter.com/7AbMiCSSra
— scroll.in (@scroll_in) May 9, 2018
Remembering a freshman year engineering course, Mangalam quickly looked up the insulin pen manual using the plane’s wifi. The diagram showed that a spring was missing from the pen, preventing the needle from working.
After asking the other passengers Mangalam found exactly what he needed in a regular ball point pen. With the new spring in place the insulin pen was working again, and Mangalam’s fast thinking had saved a life.
The grateful passenger invited Mangalam to his restaurant in Amsterdam for all the free food and drink he wanted, but after the story was posted online the passenger wasn’t the only one who wanted to thank Mangalam for his heroic act.
Diabetics like myself thank him
— Sophie ️ Fotini (@sophiefotini) May 10, 2018
This is amazing the world needs more people like this man #superhero
— Hannah Walters (@Hannahwalters0) May 10, 2018
He should be commended for his presence of mind and also the will to help a co passenger instead of being indifferent like many would be
— SALMAN is RasMALai (@KgcuteeeTrust) May 10, 2018
Wow, that's great, amazing job Mr. Mangalam!
— Jack (@fortgeorge) May 10, 2018
What people seemed to be most impressed with was Mangalam’s ability to stay calm in such a tense situation.
That presence of mind
— Vinu Michael (@vinustarts) May 10, 2018
Something out of “MacGyver” or “Scorpion”.
— WindaWester (@WindaWester) May 10, 2018
This was brilliant. You kept a cool head. That was great. you are a true engineer.
— SKC (@Surendra_39) May 7, 2018
Quick thinking with timely action
— M Gautam (@MGautam17) May 10, 2018
With his quick thinking, calmness under pressure and engineering know-how Mangalam made his school and his country proud.
So Proud to see an IIT Kanpur Engineer Student saving life using his engineering skills I am sure all his teachers would be so proud of him….
— BHASKARAGNIHOT2 (@BHASKARAGNIHOT1) May 10, 2018
IIT and India is Proud of you Dude! You're parents must be blushing all the way long.. Success!
— S M Hussain (@SMHoosayn) May 10, 2018
This is incredible story which makes us proud @drharshvardhan ..
— Ganesh Salunke (@Ganesh_DSalunke) May 7, 2018
No wonder IITians are revered globally. He should be commended for his presence of mind and also the will to help a co passenger instead of being indifferent like many would be
— Feroz Jinnah (@FerozJinnah) May 9, 2018
After Mangalam’s amazing story there are sure to be a few more people thinking about studying engineering.
I wish I could remember what I learn in school to apply it to real world situations
— Amir Alam (@amirthful) May 10, 2018
H/T – Twitter