Nurse Assists Pilot With Midflight Medical Emergency

Pilot receives life-saving care after flight crew finds passenger that has the skills to help.
3:00 | 01/12/14

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christie scandal with rudy giuliani, and, of course, the powerhouse roundtable. And now the rescue, a nurse springing into action. The women turned the gappy into a makeshift er. And michelle franzen is on the story. Welcome to abc news, grad to have you. Thank you very much. It was a relaxing flight, but instead for linda, it was anything but. She was working on the puzzle and asked the crew for help with a medical emergency. That's when they rushed to treat the patient who turned out to be the pilot of the plane. When the pilot of yunited airlines tliegt 16, suffered an apparent heart attack, it was nurses who sprang into action saving the day. Came over the psa asking if anything had any medical experience. The denver-bound flight originated in des moines. There was a medical emergency, and the flight turned around to make an emergency landing in omaha. What happens in movies, this isn't what happens in real life. The 24-year-old from wyoming, along with a veteran nurse from california say the captain was showing signs of suffering from cardiac arrest. He was slumped over in his chair and mumbling inco herntly. Passengers looked on as they scrambled to stabilize him. Once in the gallie, we went to work. And they captured the tense mom moments in the makeshift er. It was scary. Both working to safe a life, but neithell their actions heroic. I don't see myself as a hero. I did what I know for a patient who needed it. It's what we're trained for, expected to do. She's a hero. To save somebody's life, that's the definition of a hero to me. United airlines did not release the name of the pilot but he is expected to be okay. And if all of that wasn't enough, a second call went out, this time the co pilot asking if there was another pilot on board that could help. And a retired pilot came forward and the co-pilot was able to land saflly. Good passenger roster. Thank you. And back over to meteorologist chris knowles.

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