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Spanish doctors save girl's life in flight halfway across Atlantic
19 November 2019 @ 21:54

FOUR junior doctors from Sevilla on a flight from Madrid to Buenos Aires, Argentina saved a young woman's life after she began suffering convulsions three hours away from landing.

The medics, based at the Virgen de Valme Hospital, were given a standing ovation by passengers after attending to the Spanish girl until the Air Europa craft was able to land.

Given that they were over the Atlantic when the patient began fitting and stopped breathing, the pilot was unable to effect an emergency landing – but the youngster turned out to have been on the right flight for her predicament, given that she was sharing it with Dr Miguel Carreño, a trainee cardiologist, and trainee anaesthetists Dr Santiago Gómez and Dr Mario López, plus Dr Antonio Guzmán del Castillo, trainee psychiatrist.

The crew, as is normally the case when a patient falls ill in flight, put out a call over the tannoy and the four young men answered.

They worked on the girl to get her breathing again and stabilise her until they were able to land at their destination in Buenos Aires – which was, in fact, the nearest airport – and an ambulance was waiting for her on the runway.



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