Bystander & Flight Attendant Save Woman on Plane

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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A woman on board a Delta flight from New York to San Diego fell unconscious on the plane when a passenger sprung into action to help.

Mitch Thrower, a local businessman in La Jolla, was on the flight returning to Lindbergh Field when he heard the flight attendant call for a doctor on board.

Thrower is no doctor but says he did not think twice and ran to the front of the first class cabin to help. He says an elderly woman was on the floor unconscious. A flight attendant was already assisting the woman.

“The first thing I did was some mouth-to-mouth to try and get her some air in her lungs while we’re doing compressions,” he said.

Thrower began performing CPR and chest compressions which he says he had just learned how to do from watching a video on YouTube.

Moments after they began resuscitative efforts, the woman regained consciousness.

“Yeah, so you could look down and as she was sort of coming to, her eyes were opening up and she had these bright blue eyes,” he said. “We were like, ‘Nana, can you hear us? Can you hear us?’ And then she nodded her head.”

Thrower said he must give most of the credit to the flight attendant, who is named Ryan Moore. He says Moore used an AED defibrillator on the woman, which likely played a role in her survival.

The plane was diverted to St. Louis where the woman was taken to an area hospital.

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Nurse Saves Infant on Flight

Posted by cocreator on January 04, 2014
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It was supposed to be an ordinary flight to a tropical destination.


“All of the sudden from the back of the plane, I heard just screams and then people came over the intercom just saying, ‘Is there a doctor, a nurse?’” said Rosemary Smith.

Smith is a nurse. The D.C. resident and a fellow passenger, who teaches CPR, rushed to help a six-month-old baby girl named Jasmine. The baby was unresponsive. They revived her repeatedly.

Instead of heading from D.C. to Puerto Rico, the plane made an emergency landing in North Carolina.

JetBlue told the first responders the baby was released from the hospital a few days later and is back home in Puerto Rico.

Smith is eager to hear news about how the child is doing and hoping it will motivate others to learn CPR.

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Doctor Save Passenger on Plane

Posted by cocreator on September 03, 2012
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Dr. DeCarlo Noble certainly has a noble job. He has been delivering babies as an OB-GYN in Denton for the more than a decade.

DeCarlo Noble the Saviour

But Friday night, Dr. Noble did one of the noblest things a man can do; he saved a life in an unexpected place.

He, his wife and three daughters were on board an American Eagle flight back to DFW Airport from Florida where they had taken a family vacation. Dr. Noble was settling into his seat, getting ready to nap, when he heard a panicked passenger screaming, “Dad, are you alright? Dad!” But when the passenger slumped over, Dr. Noble knew something was seriously wrong.

“That’s when I realized this guy is probably having a heart attack,” he said.

He jumped into action. With the help of another passenger, Dr. Noble put the sick man onto the walkway of the plane.

“The first thing I did was check his pulse and he had no pulse so I immediately started CPR,” he said.

He began performing chest compressions and giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation while another passenger assisted him by keep the patient’s jaw forward to open his airway.

By this time, the pilot was turning the plane around.

A flight attendant brought over an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, which is something every American Airlines and American Eagle plane carries. He shocked the patient once and the stricken man started to breathe again.

“So we stopped and kind of watched him. But then he flat-lined again so I went right back to chest compressions and mouth resuscitation,” Dr. Noble said.
The doctor performed a total of 3 shocks to the patient with the AED. Dr. Noble said it took about 8 minutes for the plane to taxi back to the terminal.

“If no one would have performed CPR on this man, he wouldn’t have made it,” he said.

By the time the plane returned to the terminal, an ambulance was waiting. Flight attendants opened the emergency hatch and Dr. Noble stepped onto the wing. The patient, now breathing on his own, was put on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance.

“I felt like I could run a mile after that! I mean, my adrenaline was pumped,” he said.

The pilot and other passengers thanked him for helping to save the man’s life. Meanwhile, his wife and daughter’s looked him incredulously.

“My family, when they came out, they were just totally shocked. They’ve just never seen me do anything like that,” he said.

The doctor’s glasses fell onto the patient and were taken to the hospital with him. They were later returned

“The officer told me that they had found my glasses. He mentioned that the family was grateful,” said Dr. Noble.

Before this, Dr. Noble was simply “dad” to his daughters. Now, he’s much more.

“They are teasing me now, walking about the house calling me ‘hero,'” he said. “I just thank God I was able to help.”

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Nurse & Doctors Save Passenger on Plane

Posted by cocreator on April 19, 2011
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“I was taking my daughter to Disney World in Florida for spring break,” explained Air Evac Lifeteam flight nurse Amber Neumeier of Vilonia. “The flight was full with about 45 rows and three seats per side. Towards the end of the flight, the attendants called for any nurse or doctor who might be on board.”

Amber Neumeier the Saviour

At first, she didn’t respond because she was traveling with her 6-year-old daughter and didn’t want to leave her.

“But when no one else seemed to come forward, I headed to the front of the plane,” she said. “By the time I got up there, two doctors had stepped forward, but were still discussing who should assess the patient. They asked me what I did and I told them trauma flight nurse. That’s when they agreed that I was probably the best to handle the situation.”

It was her understanding that the man had gotten up to go to the restroom and fell in the aisle.

“He appeared to be nauseous and sweating, but was still conscious, so I did a blood sugar test,” Neumeier said. “Then the stewardess asked if I needed anything else, like the AED.

“I didn’t think I would really need it, but I asked her to go ahead and get it out. Shortly after this the gentleman rolled on his side and he passed out. I quickly hooked up the machine and it told me that he had a shockable rhythm. So I used the AED to shock him, we started CPR and the AED suggested another shock,” Neumeier said. “After the second shock he began breathing again on his own.”

The plane was only about 15 minutes from the airport when this happened and they radioed in declaring a medical emergency and were able to quickly land.

“There were paramedics ready when we landed and they took over the man’s care at that point,” Neumeier said. “The doctors and I had started CPR, and after using the AED a second time, the man opened his eyes and began breathing again on his own.

“It wasn’t that big of a deal, but I was glad I was able to help and that the plane had an AED on board.”

He appeared to be exhibiting signs of a heart attack with no actual chest pain. This is not completely unusual but he was lucky to have someone with medical knowledge including two physicians and a trauma nurse to help him.

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Flight Attendant & Passenger Save Man on Plane

Posted by cocreator on November 29, 2010
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Brian Delaney remembers nothing of the eight minutes that cabin crew and passengers spent trying to revive him after a heart attack, but he believes Zoe Moran saved his life.

Brian Delaney the Survivor with Zoe Moran the Saviour

On the tarmac at Wellington Airport, the 26-year-old flight attendant used a defibrillator to resuscitate Mr Delaney when his heart stopped just before takeoff.

Mr Delaney, 73, is recovering at Wellington Hospital, his journey from his Gisborne home to visit family in Dunedin on Thursday interrupted by his second heart attack in eight years.

He had been talking to the passenger next to him when his head started spinning – and after that he remembers nothing of the commotion on the 50-seater Air Nelson Bombadier Q300 until he came around.

“I looked up at five faces and thought, where the hell am I? It could be hospital, or in an an ambulance.”

Miss Moran said a passenger had run up to her to tell her a man was having a seizure, so she dashed to Mr Delaney.

“He was sitting in his chair, his eyes were rolling back in his head and his teeth were moving. I said he’s not having a seizure, he’s having a heart attack.”

She ran to get a defibrillator. Although one is carried on every Air Nelson plane, it was the first time one had been used. She gave Mr Delaney a shock with the defibrillator, and another passenger started chest compressions.

Miss Moran, who has worked for Air Nelson for 16 months, said her training kicked in and she went through the procedures she had learnt but never imagined she would use, while anxiously hoping the medics stationed at the airport would turn up.

“It felt like a long time … I was relieved when they got there, I had been starting to shake.”

Mr Delaney’s daughter, Kaaren Dooher, had been waiting for him at Dunedin Airport.

“When I saw the plane was delayed, I thought that better not be Dad. Then they paged me.”

Doctors will carry out further tests today to try to determine what caused Mr Delaney’s attack.

Yesterday, he had nothing but praise for the airport and hospital staff. And he was relieved his heart attack had not occurred minutes later. “If we had been in the air, I would not be here.”

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