An astronaut suffering blood clot on space station saved by North Carolina Doctor Stephan Moll, he was at the University of North Carolina when he got a call from NASA to help the astronaut.
Dr. Stephan Moll recently helped save a patient, who is suffering from a blood clot. While that situation may be par for the course for most doctors, what made this case unique was that Moll’s patient was 250 miles above Earth.
The professor of medicine was contacted by NASA, according to WRAL, when an astronaut aboard the International Space Station was diagnosed with a blood clot, in his jugular vein. Dr. Moll, who has also published multiple studies on blood clots, was at the school, when the unexpected call came in.
He recalled to the news station, “So I picked up the phone, and NASA was on the phone and said it was urgent,”
“It was surprising, it was an honor,” Moll added. “I was curious to see where that would lead.”
The US agency, NASA had never experienced a blood clot problem in space before that and had no protocol on how to deal with one, WRAL reported.
Moll said that “So all the decisions that had to be made were best guesses,”
The professor of University of North Carolina worked with a team of NASA doctors to devise a spur-of-the-moment treatment, specifically for astronaut, whose name was not publicized for privacy reasons.
Team was also worried about the treatment that if they didn’t find a solution quickly, then that clot could spread to the astronaut’s brains or lungs.
According to Cleveland Clinic, blood clots are usually treated with anticoagulants, Dr. Moll was unsure if the medication would work the same in space or nor?
He recalled, “I needed to weigh the risk-benefit of starting a blood thinner or not starting a blood thinner,”
At the time of emergency, fortunately, the space station had the blood thinners on hand, while they only had a small supply, but it was enough to get the job done.
The Doctor wasn’t able to visit the space to treat his patient, but treated him on a phone call got from the grateful astronaut.