PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700. (photo via Flickr/motox810)
A group of doctors aboard a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Atlanta to Houston sprung into action, saving a passenger who fell unconscious.
According to Click2Houston, as many as two dozen doctors were present on the flight and at least five stepped in to assist the man, including Dr. Jeffery Aycock and Dr. Lenora Noroski.
"The man became sweaty, pale, and his heart rate slowed way down, which helps prevent profusion to his brain, so we knew we needed to get him stable," said Aycock, who is also a former paratrooper.
The doctors positioned the man's seat into a bed to open up his airway as the plane began its descent. Aycock said the man regained consciousness shortly after.
"If that was going to happen on a flight, what a great flight for it to happen on. There were so many smart individuals on that flight, the brain trust on that flight, I was just lucky to be part of it," added Aycock.
"The patient did well, actually, so there was no other problem, and the patient ended up being responsive and alert and back to his usual self," Noroski told Click2Houston.
Noroski said the doctors were returning to Houston from an annual meeting at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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The plane was met by paramedics upon landing and the man was later transported to the hospital. Southwest confirmed the incident in a statement and thanked the doctors for their efforts.
"On Monday afternoon, while flying from Atlanta to Houston on Flight 1833, we had a customer who needed medical assistance while in flight," Southwest said in a statement issued to Click2Houston.
"Flight crews jumped right into action to tend to the customer and requested assistance from medical personnel onboard. We are beyond grateful for the aid provided by several medical professionals to stabilize the passenger. The flight landed safely in Houston and was met by local medical staff."