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I sure hope people like this are on a flight if I ever have a medical emergency.
I sure hope people like this are on a flight if I ever have a medical emergency.

Xenia Flanagan posted about how her husband John (he’s an anesthesiologist) and his partner helped save an elderly woman’s life during a flight.

This is what she wrote:

On Jan. 6 about 20 minutes into JetBlue flight 1721 to Jamaica, an elderly woman began to struggle to breath.

A nearby nurse jumped into action and tried to no avail to help her when Matthew (one of my husband’s partners) noticed the seriousness of the situation and intervened.

He flagged John down for help as the lady went into complete respirory arrest.

These two men used the oxygen tanks on board along with airbags to create the tools they needed to save her.

They pushed air into her lungs for 45 mins in the middle of the aisle as the plane made an emergencey landing to Ft Lauderdale (as Matthew & John demanded).

It was both amazing and terrifying at the same time to witness my husband and his friend do something they do everyday... save someone’s life.

It was beautiful to witness so many good samaritans praying and holding them up during the entire ordeal.

I’m so thankful God placed them there at the right time.
I know I can speak for Jessica Nauman Stevenson when I say how proud we are to me married to such great men.


—Xenia Flanagan


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