Nurse saves child’s life on flight


Phrases by Elise Solé.

Mom Janay Flowers says she is indebted to a “rock star” nurse for saving her child’s life on an airplane.

On Thursday, Flowers, a mannequin from Florida was flying together with her toddler Nevaeh on American Airways to Texas the place her husband, a member of the U.S. Air Pressure, shall be stationed, reported The Dallas Morning Information.

Nevaeh, who had a slight fever, largely slept on the three-hour flight. However 15 minutes earlier than touchdown, the 11-month-old wakened crying.

“Instantly, she began jolting in my arms,” Flowers, 28, tells Yahoo. “I stood up and pressed the decision button and a girl ran over to my assist.”

Tiffany Lehman, 37, a registered nurse from Kansas, was touring together with her chiropractor fiancé Alvin Dodson, after attending a medical conference in Tampa.

They heard Nevaeh’s cries, after which, after calling for ice packets, stripped Nevaeh of her onesie and diaper and utilized the chilly packs to the again of her neck, groin and armpits.

Nevaeh’s seizure lasted seven-and-a-half minutes. “I laid her sideways on my lap as a result of she was vomiting,” Lehman tells Yahoo. “Alvin ran to get oxygen and alert the pilots.”

However when the couple administered the oxygen, Nevaeh’s coronary heart fee dropped to 60 beats per-minute —half the conventional coronary heart fee of a comparably-sized child— and he or she stopped respiration.

“Nevaeh’s tongue was rolled again and blocked her airway, so I reached inside her mouth and swept the realm with my finger,” Lehman tells Yahoo. “I assumed she was going to die in my arms.”

Janay Flowers says a nurse touring onboard an American Airways flight handled her child Nevaeh’s seizure. [Photo: William Stambaugh]

With the crew maintaining passengers calm and Flowers standing by her daughter singing, “You’re my Sunshine,” Nevaeh began respiration once more. Nonetheless, one other seizure got here on and Nevaeh clenched her fists, turning blue and foaming on the mouth.

Lehman administered extra oxygen and the aircraft landed in Dallas, the place Nevaeh and Flowers had been taken to Baylor Regional Medical Middle in Grapevine.

“The physician stated Nevaeh’s seizure was remoted attributable to how briskly her fever spiked,” Flowers tells Yahoo Life-style. “Her danger for future seizures has doubled, however it’s nonetheless low.”

An American Airways consultant tells Yahoo, “We’re grateful that Nevaeh is doing higher and need her and her household the perfect. This medical emergency final week highlights the large care and professionalism of American’s group members, and particularly, on this scenario, our flight attendants and DFW group. We’re happy with our colleagues and are grateful to them and our clients, who additionally stepped as much as assist a household in want, for his or her fast actions.”

Flowers and Lehman befriended one another on Fb over the weekend and can FaceTime on Monday night, so Flowers can meet Lehman’s 13-year-old son and Dodson’s three-year-old daughter.

The household and crew members from American Airways are all invited to Nevaeh’s Could 19th celebration.

“Tiffany is a rock star,” Flowers tells Yahoo. “God put us collectively.”

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