Uruguay president saves French teen's life on trans-Atlantic flight

Tabaré Vazquez, the president of Uruguay, saved the life of a teenage girl from France after she suffered a severe allergic reaction on a flight from Buenos Aires to France this week.

Peanuts sparked a near fatal allergic reaction in a teenage girl on a trans-Atlantic flight.

Peanuts sparked a near fatal allergic reaction in a teenage girl on a trans-Atlantic flight. Image by Danielle Segura / CC BY 2.0

The 17-year-old girl ate a snack that contained peanuts, which she is allergic to, and stopped breathing because her throat was almost entirely closed. Her mother called for help and the captain asked if there was a doctor on board the aircraft.  Vazquez, 75, who is an oncologist by training, calmed the girl and gave her an intravenous injection and oral medicine with the assistance of his personal doctor, Mario Zelarayan.

This is the third time Vazquez has given medical assistance on a plane - the first was on a flight to Asia, and the second on a flight to Europe, when he helped an American woman who was suffering from an asthma attack. Read more: telegraph.co.uk 

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