A man is lucky to be alive after he suffered a terrifying medical emergency while in mid-air on a plane.
Southwest Flight 553 was about halfway through its nearly three-hour journey from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Baltimore on May 1 when a flight attendant made an announcement looking for medical professionals.
At that point the man had slumped over in his seat and turned what witnesses described as a blueish-purple colour.
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Fortunately for the patient, a pair of nurses in were onboard travelling back from their holiday in the Bahamas and identified themselves immediately before rushing to the front of the aircraft.
The couple – Emily Raines and her boyfriend Daniel Shifflett – told the Washington Post they found a flight attendant attempting to do chest compressions on the man.
Ms Raines and Mr Shifflett, who met in 2018 when they were both working as nurses at a psychiatric hospital in Towson, Maryland, said the man didn't have a pulse, so they carried him to the ground and started trying to treat him with the medical equipment they could find on the plane.
Ms Raines said: "I could hear the panic in the flight attendant’s voice," adding that she knew "this is going to be serious".
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The medically-trained couple realised the patient's airway was blocked and were able to open it, while other passengers stood by to help them.
After 15 minutes they were able to restore the man's heartbeat and the plane made an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina.
By the time the plane landed the patient was awake and he was promptly rushed to hospital. He is now at home recovering.
Ms Raines said the moment the man opened his eyes was "amazing".
"Not a lot of times when you give CPR or have situations like this do patients truly make it. It doesn’t happen often," she said.
The couple were on their way home after a four-day cruise, and had tried to change their flight twice before ending up on the original flight where they saved the patient's life.
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The couple were on their way home from a four-day cruise. They had tried to change their flight twice but ended up staying on the original flight where they saved the man.
Since the flight, the pair have kept in touch with the man and his wife, who texted them to thank them for helping her husband following the incident.
The message read: "I cannot possibly thank you enough for saving [his] life."
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