Married Doctors Save Ill Woman On Flight To NYC

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A husband and wife are being credited with saving a fellow passenger’s life while on a flight to LaGuardia Airport.

The two doctors and their son were headed to New York to attend the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

An 86-year-old woman was in crisis, having what appears to be heart attack or stroke mid-flight. Her granddaughter’s voice on video taken by a CBS News Producer who happened to be on last night’s flight was heard saying “She had a seizure it looks like.”

dr carol gruver Married Doctors Save Ill Woman On Flight To NYC

Dr. Carol Gruver (credit: CBS 2)

The pilot called for a doctor and a man already dressed in his scrubs jumped up. “I was in the right place at the right time,” explained Neurologist Tom Devlin.

He took one look at the woman and knew it was bad. “Without a pulse, not breathing, completely comatose in her chair,” he said.

Devlin determined the woman was having heart trouble, not a stroke. “It was clear this was a potential life and death situation,” he said.

A cardiologist is what the woman needed. Dr. Devlin knew one, his wife Dr. Carol Gruver. She was also on the plane, then took over and brought the woman back from the brink.

“Just with really some minimal resuscitative efforts like raising her legs, putting her down, giving her oxygen, she came back but she was still not in a good way,” said Dr. Carol Gruver.

Now they needed a hospital fast and the pilot announced New York would have to wait. “We are diverting to Richmond so this medical situation can be addressed promptly,” he said.

After a smooth landing the patient, now conscious, went to a Virginia hospital where she is recovering. The flight resumed and the doctors made it to New York in time to take their son to the big parade.

“We just did what we do everyday,” Dr. Devlin said. “We’re just glad it looked like it had a very happy ending.”

The physicians said it’s an excellent reminder that everyone should learn CPR, because you can’t always count on doctors being on a flight.

This has happened to the couple before. Last year the doctors helped a flight attendant suffering from chest pains. That flight was also diverted and also had a happy ending.

  • av

    “One’s personal thoughts and beliefs would best be kept to one’s self and not blurted out in response to the actual realities that occur in the world.”

    “Keep such thoughts to yourself!”

    Glidmokk, heed your own advise…

  • raspame uno

    the parade sucked this year

  • mardi

    Hurray to the doctors, Thank you GOD!!!

  • thanksgiving

    Thanks God that the woman is fine now and Thanks God that the doctor couple was on the plane

    • Glidmokk

      Thanks to the husband-and-wife doctors…for entering the field of medicine, and stepping forward in this way when needed: Bravo!

      Why thank god? The doctors are the ones who should be thanked, period. Promoters of religion always haul up god for thanking. In this case this person posting here at CBS did not even thank the doctors, only god. That is so wrong.

      This behavior of thanking god for things that people do is nothing but pro-religious propaganda, using peoples’ achievements as a way to promote god belief – as if everything ‘good’ that people do is not their action, but god’s. This is not fair and it is an insult to the human beings who deserve the thanks.

      Remember: god is nothing but a mental formation that we each have the option to create…or not. That is why belief in god is just a ‘belief’…a ‘faith” – a choice.

      One’s personal thoughts and beliefs would best be kept to one’s self and not blurted out in response to the actual realities that occur in the world. If not only Christian Americans but also followers of other religions around the world would follow this one simple rule: “Keep such thoughts to yourself!” – the world would be a much less rancorous and safer place.

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