Passenger Saved From 'Brink of Death' by Nurse Scared to Fly

Morgan Anderson and her mom, also a nurse, handled a medical emergency midflight
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Mother-Daughter Nursing Duo Saves Man Midflight
In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, a Delta airplane approaches LaGuardia in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

A man on the "brink of death" on a Delta flight has two nurses to thank for saving him—one who overcame her fear of being in the air to concentrate on helping him. The Citizen Times reports that Morgan Anderson, 26, and her mom, Rose Anderson, 57, were on a Delta flight from North Carolina to Salt Lake City on Dec. 13 when a medical emergency was announced. Morgan, who graduated from nursing school last year, and Rose, who has more than 30 years behind the stethoscope, approached the patient, an unresponsive man who looked to be in his 60s and who had thrown up on himself. Rose determined he was in life-threatening hypovolemic shock, likely from dehydration, and needed fluids. His blood pressure hovered at 56/30, which Morgan says put him on the "brink of death."

The onboard medical kit contained only a limited amount of saline solution, so the two women stretched what they had to keep the patient going, all while communicating with a doctor on the ground. Morgan was so intently working she forgot about her fear of flying. "I just got tunnel vision and focused on him and my mom." The patient eventually came to, and Team Anderson helped him drink water and stay comfortable until the plane landed. He was in stable condition when paramedics boarded the plane. The Anderson women received an official message of thanks from Delta, as well as a bottle of wine and vouchers to cut the cost of their next flight. An extra bonus: The pilot managed to shave more than an hour off the flying time as the plane rushed to Salt Lake City. Read the full story. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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