Nurse Saves Infant’s Life Mid-Flight [Video]
A plane full of Spirit Airlines passengers erupted into applause and cheers after a retired nurse helped save a baby’s life mid-flight.
Tamara Panzino sprang into action when a 3-month-old stopped breathing about 30 minutes into an Orlando-bound flight. Panzino, who was a nurse for more than 20 years, told Fox 35 that she started massaging the baby’s chest and legs. Shortly after, the baby began to breathe again.
“When you have to step forward and do what’s right, you do it. It was just a happy story, and it made me feel really good,” Panzino said.
FOX 35 meteorologist Ian Cassette was on the flight, which departed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“The parents of three-month-old Anjelé were terrified and had never experienced this before. They praised the positive energy of the plane and the heroic actions of Tamara for saving her,” Cassette wrote on Twitter.
Cassette added, “the flight attendants should be commended for their quick action for helping as well!”
“We thank our crew and guest for the quick response,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement. “Our Flight Attendants are trained to respond to medical emergencies onboard and utilize several resources, including communicating with our designated on-call medical professionals on the ground, using onboard medical kits, and receiving assistance from credentialed medical professionals traveling on the flight.”