A duo of second year med students headed to Greece for a summer holiday ending up getting some extra practice onboard their flight after a fellow passenger became ill.
Med Students Save The Day After Passenger Falls Ill On Delta Flight To New York
Lauren Bagneris and Heather Duplessis will start their second year of medical school together at Louisiana State University this fall. Before their trip, they even discussed the possibility of being ready to step up if the situation arose. Bagneris told The Washington Post:
“We were definitely mentally preparing, and I don’t know if that was just God putting us in the right mind-set for that situation. We’ve never discussed anything like that before.”
Prophetic or not, an incident did arise on the first leg of their journey from New Orleans to Athens via New York on Delta. Seated in the back of the plane, the ladies noticed a passenger fall. Moments later a flight attendant asked if there were any medical professionals onboard.
Bagneris and Duplessis looked around furtively, but when no one stepped up, they did, identifying themselves as medical students. The flight attendant welcomed them to help and they promptly spoke to the patient, took the her blood pressure, pulse, and glucose level.
It was determined, in consultation with a doctor on the ground, that the woman had become lightheaded and fallen because she was suffering from overheating and low blood sugar.
After providing her some juice and food, the woman felt much better and the rest of the flight was uneventful, as was there transatlantic connection to Athens.
Practicing in a professional field without the requisite license should be reserved for situations in which there is no other alternative. This is one such case. With no one else stepping up, I’d far rather have two medical students examine me than two flight attendants or pilots.
Great job Lauren and Heather!
image: LSU Health Sciences Center