Mother-daughter nurses revive parched passenger mid-flight

Morgan and Rose Anderson, of Asheville, N. C., rushed to the aid of a Delta passenger who was suffering from hypovolemic shock.


Trained medical staff on your flight can really be a lifesaver.

Earlier this month, a mother and daughter on a flight to Utah were on hand when emergency medical assistance was needed, according to a report in the Citizen Times.

Flight attendants found a man slumped in a chair, covered with vomit, and they immediately jumped into action, calling everyone on board with medical experience to help them.

That is when Rose and Morgan Anderson of East Asheville, N. C. a member of the scene. Rose works as an er nurse at the VA Medical Center, while Morgan graduated from nursing school in 2016 and is on staff at Mission Hospital.

ICYMI: Mother-daughter duo from Asheville to save the life of the man during the cross-country flight #avlnews

— The Citizen Times (@asheville) December 29, 2017

The two women quickly assessed the patient and determined that dehydration lead to low blood pressure and hypovolemic shock. They took stock of the medical equipment of the aircraft and an infusion administered.

“His blood pressure was too low,” Rose told the Citizen Times. “If someone had not done something to correct that, he probably would have gone into cardiac arrest and died.”

The man regained consciousness soon after receiving treatment. Flight attendants also kept in contact with the medical staff on the ground. Because of the two women, the flight was not diverted. In fact, the pilot flew the plane and landed more than an hour early.

The pilot and the Delta employees thanked the Andersons for their heroic efforts. The women received a bottle of wine and vouchers for discounts on future flights.

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In an e-mail to the Citizen-Times, Michael Thomas, a Delta spokesman, said the company “sincerely appreciates the efforts of these medical professionals who came to the aid of one of our customers fell ill on a recent flight.”

The man was certainly lucky to have the help of the Andersons. Other scenarios have not had favorable results despite all the effort done to save the life of the passenger.

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