Unnamed Ryanair Passenger Makes Heroic Attempt to Save Heart Attack Victim On Flight
A woman aboard a Ryanair flight is being heralded a hero after she performed resuscitation attempts for 40-minutes on a man who had suffered a suspected heart attack last week.
According to Luke Traynor of the Liverpool Echo, the Ryanair flight was en route from the island of Fuerteventura to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Jan. 7 when a passenger suffered what crew members believed was a heart attack.
A woman named Kitty Dollah was onboard the flight and heard the captain announce that the plane would be diverted to Cork, Ireland, and asked if there were any doctors onboard. A woman, who remains anonymous, came forward and claimed she worked for an airline for 14 years.
The unnamed woman began resuscitation efforts on the man and continued throughout the remainder of the flight. Dollah reported that even through turbulence during the landing, the woman continued working on the man.
Unfortunately, even with medical staff on the scene as the plane made its safe landing, the man died after being transported to a local hospital. Dollah told The Echo, “This woman was a real hero, she was working on the man for up to 40 minutes…Afterwards, I told her, ‘I hope I’ve got an angel like you.’”
After the man was taken to the hospital, the plane once again took flight en route to its Liverpool destination, landing safely at 11 p.m. local time two hours after the scheduled arrival.
When the Liverpool Echo reached out to Ryanair, a spokesperson released an official statement:
"The flight from Fuerteventura to Liverpool diverted to Cork after a customer became ill on board. The crew called ahead to request medical assistance, the aircraft landed normally and was met by medics. The customer was transferred to hospital, but sadly passed away. Ryanair extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and provided assistance during this difficult time."
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