Saturday, March 20, 2021

Emirates cabin crew 'saves life' of flyer who fainted on Dubai-Chennai flight

New Delhi: Quick action by cabin crew of a Chennai-bound international flight on Friday (March 19) helped save the life of a passenger who fainted on board when the aircraft was in oceanic airspace. The crew on Emirates Dubai-Chennai flight, EK 544, gave the passenger timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency life-saving procedure that is done when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The passenger recovered and reached Chennai safely.

Naren Balasubramaniam, a passenger on this flight, said on SM,"Emirates EK544 crew saves passenger’s life, as I traveled to Chennai with a heavy heart having lost my dad to Covid, I was so heartened to witness the flight crew saving the life of a passenger who fell unconscious mid flight and stopped breathing."

"They (the crew) were remarkable, kept their calm, moved swiftly, had a clear chain of command with four crew members following a step by step protocol — provided oxygen support, performed CPR procedures mid flight and sent a family safe without losing a life. Here it is for the unnamed heroes, unassuming and humble two crew members from the team of four. Thank you for saving a life!" Balasubramaniam’s SM post said.

Airlines train their cabin crew members to handle inflight medical emergencies. If the situation of a passenger gets serious, inflight announcements to check if there is a doctor on board.

20/03/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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