Pilot Makes Emergency Landing for Passenger Having a Stroke
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A heroic pilot at the helm of a flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt made the decision to emergency land in Minneapolis after one of the passengers onboard began to show signs of suffering a stroke.
According to CBS San Francisco, 83-year-old Italy native Rosanna Rizzi was on her way home last week from a Christmas visit with her daughter and grandson when she began to feel sick and started exhibiting telltale signs of a stroke.
One of the other passengers on the plane was a doctor, and he quickly sprung into action. After examining Rizzi, the doctor spoke to the pilot, resulting in the flight being cut short in order to get the elderly woman to a medical facility.
When the plane landed safely at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Rizzi was rushed to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, where she was given clot-dissolving medicine to avoid any more damage from the stroke.
Fairview neurologist Dr. Kristen Kelly-Williams told CBS San Francisco about how the quick-thinking pilot helped Rizzi, saying, “He saved her from potentially being in a wheelchair to now up walking around being her normal self.”
Rizzi—who is a former flight attendant herself—will remain in Minneapolis for a several weeks to complete her rehabilitation before flying home to Rome.
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