Passengers Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing on Plane
One happened to be a CPR instructor
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
File photo of a US Airways jet.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)

(Newser) – A little relief from all the depressing air-travel news this week: Two passengers helped save the life of a baby who had stopped breathing aboard a US Airways flight, reports KTVK. According to others on the flight from Tampa to Phoenix, the drama began when a woman began screaming that her grandchild had stopped breathing and was turning purple. Two passengers came to the rescue, one of whom happened to be a CPR instructor, reports MyFox Phoenix.

"I did chest compressions, cleared his mouth, gave him some rescue breathing, stimulated him," Garrett Goodwin tells the TV station. "He came back around." But it made for some anxious moments for the rest of the plane. "Everyone was invested, and we heard the baby cry, it was just ... it was a teary moment for everyone," recounts another passenger. The baby was doing fine. The best guess is that a high fever triggered a seizure. (Click to read about a similar baby rescue, this one on a busy highway.)

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Mar 12, 2014 5:46 PM CDT
Um, they warn you about traveling sick, but why take a child with a fever on a plane. Their immune systems are not even mature and a fever can get out of hand quickly. I blame grandma, or better yet the parent that left this kid with grandma who didn't know any better.
Mar 12, 2014 5:36 PM CDT
Luckily , this baby wasn't stored in the overhead compartment (where it should have been, per US Airways policy) where no one would have heard it not crying.
Mar 12, 2014 2:53 PM CDT
High marks, Mr. Goodwin. Good job!