Blog By fatema | 22-09-18
People Who Are Living 3018 While We Are Stuck In 2018
Every engineer knows jugaad like the back of his hand. And when you are a student at a prestigious IIT, you are a master of jugaad and quick-thinking. If you've seen Vidhu Vinod Chopra's '3 Idiots', you'd know what we are talking about.
Karttikeya Mangalam is a final year student of electrical engineering at IIT-Kanpur. The young man recently pulled off a real-life '3 Idiots' when he saved the life of a co-passenger using the basic engineering skills he had been taught in his first year.
Karttikeya was travelling from Geneva to New Delhi, when a man sitting two rows behind him fell grievously sick.
The 30-year-old man named Thomas suffered from Type 1 diabetes and had forgotten his insulin device back at the airport after security check.
That Man's blood sugar levels were shooting up to alarming levels when he found out he forgot his Insulin Device and he needed immediate medical help.
Luckily, there was a doctor onboard the flight and he offered to help. But the doctor himself was a diabetes patient and had an insulin pen with which insulin is injected into the body.
But there was one problem. The sizes of Thomas' insulin cartridges and the doctor's insulin pen did not match. The cartridges were much smaller than what the pen could hold. And then Thomas fell unconscious and began foaming at the mouth.
That is where Karttikeya stepped in. Taking hold the doctor's insulin pen, he dismantled it to understand how it worked.
He Requesting Wi-Fi access from the air hostess, he looked up the diagram of an insulin pen. He came to the conclusion that all the pen needed was a spring.
He asked for pens from the passengers and soon reassembled the pen using the spring. The doctor could then easily fit Thomas' smaller insulin cartridges in the pen and inject it into this body.
The plane did not have to make the emergency landing and Thomas regained consciousness in some time. He was later transferred to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon.
The real test of a person's education is when that knowledge is applied in a real-life situation. This is why it is important to learn not to pass exams, but to gain knowledge.
As they say in the movie '3 Idiots': “Kaabil bano, kamyabi…jhak maarke peeche bhagegi.” What greater success there is than to save another man's life.