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Ryanair passenger makes valiant effort to save man

A woman who worked incessantly for up to 40 minutes trying to revive a fellow passenger on a recent Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands has been lauded for her bravery.

Woman worked incessantly for 40 minutes trying to save a fellow passenger who became ill on a Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands
Woman worked incessantly for 40 minutes trying to save a fellow passenger who became ill on a Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands. Image by Andrew Thomas / CC BY-SA 2.0

The anonymous female leaped into action after a passenger suffered a heart attack at 35,000 feet.

When the crew asked if there were any doctors on board, the woman, who was accompanied by her two children on the flight, said she had 14 years airline experience.

According to Yahoo News, the lady battled might and main to save the ill man and even continued with her treatment during a bumpy landing after the plane had been diverted to Cork.

Ryanair had called ahead for medical assistance and the sick passenger was rushed to hospital on landing but was pronounced dead there despite the best efforts of the woman during the flight and the medics on the ground.

While the lady didn’t give her name, another passenger on the flight, Kitty Dollah, told the Evening Echo in Cork that the woman had behaved like a true heroine in the crisis.

She explained that the plane tilted slightly before landing causing everyone to scream, yet the woman continued uninterrupted with her attempts to save him.

Ms Dollah said she had been inspired just by watching her endeavours.

Ryanair confirmed that despite the best efforts of the lady and their staff as well as the medics at Cork that the passenger passed away.

The airline extended its deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased and “sincerely thanks the passenger” for her help and assistance to a fellow passenger.