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SUTTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in his role as President of the Royal Marsden NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust, listens to head surgeon Pardeep Kumar (L) as he observes surgery for the removal of a bladder tumour on a male patient during a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital on November 07, 2013 in Sutton, Greater London. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A doctor saved a man’s life aboard a flight by sucking urine from his bladder for almost 40-minutes straight.

The medical emergency broke out on a China Southern Airlines flight to New York City. Luckily a surgeon was aboard, and quickly determined that the man had around a liter of urine trapped in his bladder but wasn’t able to urinate.

He then rigged a device together using the materials that were available to him, including a portable oxygen mask, a syringe needle, straws from milk boxes and tape.

The surgeon then spent the next 37-minutes sucking the urine out of his bladder, and spitting it into an empty wine bottle and a glass.