Twin sisters who have been on a flight collectively from Boston to Fort Myers, Fla., just lately helped save the lifetime of a woman who was struggling a diabetic emergency aboard the airplane and was discovered unresponsive within the restroom.
The dramatic scene performed out in entrance of different passengers — and the sisters, who’re of their late 20s, didn’t hesitate to help a stranger in bother.
Nicole Kelly, a touring nurse in addition to a nurse at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., and her sister Lindsay Byrne, a firefighter and paramedic with the Wayland, Massachusetts, Fire Department, have been each aboard a JetBlue plane on Monday, August 1, when a flight attendant requested assist from anybody on board who had a medical background.
The sisters heard the request introduced over the airplane’s intercom.
Kelly advised Fox News Digital, “I had just woken from a nap and heard that the medical team had been activated — and about a minute later the flight attendant asked for any and all medical personnel available to help.”
The two sisters didn’t have seats subsequent to one another.
But Nicole Kelly stated she noticed her sister, Lindsay, “run up there first. The woman was unresponsive in the bathroom — we got her out but weren’t sure [at first] what was going on with her.”
Kelly added, “When we had her out, we heard a faint beeping — that’s when we noticed it was a blood sugar monitor. So we knew it was her blood sugar and that it was a diabetic emergency.”
The sisters “had to improvise,” she stated, “when we found out what was going on. We got some sugar packets and put the sugar under her tongue until it helped her regain consciousness.”
Kelly famous that when the woman awoke, “she was confused and too weak to sit up in the seat.”
So the pair stayed with her, by no means leaving her facet for the remainder of the flight. That lasted for “about 45 minutes, until the plane landed,” stated Kelly.
“The plane actually landed while we were kneeling in the aisle with her, right behind the cockpit,” Kelly advised Fox News Digital.
Then, “as soon as we landed, a team of medical staff was waiting for her. As far as we know, she was traveling alone.”
Kelly stated that medical employees took the woman away “to treat her while we explained to the paramedic what had happened.”
Her twin sister, Lindsay Byrne, shared her perspective with Fox News Digital as nicely.
“When we heard they needed help, there wasn’t much to think about. For me as a firefighter and paramedic, tones go off several times throughout the day — and I don’t always know what the call is.”
She added, “You try to figure out what you’re dealing with when you get there. When they said ‘medical emergency,’ they didn’t say what was going on until we got up there.”
“The attendant just said,” Byrne famous, “that the woman was unresponsive and she didn’t know what to do, she couldn’t feel for a pulse, said she wasn’t breathing.”
“It was just my instinct to get up and go. I am just so used to getting up and going when I hear the tones and I never know what I am responding to until I get there,” she stated.
Kelly stated that for her, “Working several shifts in the ER — I see a little bit of everything.”
She famous that “the people sitting next to me on the plane told me they’d never seen people move so quickly. I didn’t think twice — I just think somebody needs help and I need to go. Your brain kicks in and you naturally go because you have to save a life.”
Said Lindsay Byrne, “All of these airlines are supposed to carry certain medical equipment, but we didn’t know what they had available — we had to improvise.”
She stated that “with diabetics — because their levels can go so low so quickly — you can use food and sugar to treat a patient, which was available.”
Said Kelly, “We went into [it] like, ‘It’s an airplane, OK. What could we use?’”
Nicole Kelly stated that each ladies bought into their respective fields “starting out as junior firefighters in the 6th grade.”
Said Kelly, “I knew I wanted to do more in the medical field and always wanted to be a nurse. I applied to nursing school and got through it — I knew it was a right choice for me.”
As for Lindsay Byrne and her chosen occupation, she stated, “I always said I wanted to be a firefighter. I was dead set on it.”
“Once I became a firefighter 10 years ago, I knew I couldn’t be one without getting into the medical field in some way.”
She additionally stated, “The more I did, the more I realized I liked it. That’s when I wanted to get my paramedic license.”
Byrne stated as nicely, “Typically when we treat patients, we try to figure out any allergies first, so we never ended up getting her name.”
She added concerning the woman on board the flight, “I think it would be cool to meet her and know that she had a good outcome and is doing well. When you see people who were in a traumatic crisis, and then you see them later on and see them on the other end, it’s cool knowing you played a role in that.”
Byrne additionally identified, “It’s not about them thanking you. It’s knowing you played a role.”
Her sister agreed with that.
Said Kelly, “It’s not about a ‘thank you.’ It’s about the fact we were able to be in the right place at the right time. We’re happy knowing we were able to do something with a positive outcome.”
Wayland Fire Department Chief Neil McPherson counseled the sisters, saying in a press launch, “Incidents like these are what first responders and medical professionals train for.”
He added, “Seeing this training and professionalism kick into action beyond our small community and in an environment with limited resources is a proud moment for the department that made a difference in someone’s life.”
In an announcement to Fox News Digital, JetBlue Airways’ company communications supervisor, Derek Dombrowski, stated, “We would like to thank these customers who graciously stepped up to assist our crew members when another customer suffered a medical problem on board.”
JetBlue added, “Our team is always so appreciative when trained medical personnel are willing to support our crew members in these situations.”
JetBlue additionally despatched the 2 sisters an e mail thanking them for his or her help, Dombrowski famous — “and offered them a future travel credit as a token of our appreciation.”