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“I think she’s dead”: the terrifying phrase on a plane that caused panic and ended in a miracle

“I Think She’s Dead” Those were the words that started a serious episode on a plane in which Three Uruguayans revived a woman whose life was in danger. Given the possibility that the patient might decompress again, the aircraft made an emergency landing in Africa.

Shortly after an Air Europa flight left Madrid for Montevideo, A Uruguayan woman in her 50s told her daughter He felt bad while taking the chest. The girl called the hostess.

When the flight attendant arrived, the woman went into cardiac arrest in front of him. juan maria uriarteThe anesthetist and son of former livestock minister Carlos Maria Uriarte was in his seat, barefoot and wearing a mask, when he heard through a loudspeaker that a doctor was needed.

Doctors Saved The Woman'S Life
Doctors saved the woman’s lifeAir Europa Website

“When they called I thought ‘It’s not going to be anything, it must be someone who fainted, or who is anxious'”Juan Maria said Country. However, the anesthetist found something different.

“When I arrive and meet a colleague (a Uruguayan doctor living in Spain) who tells me ‘I think she is dead’, I take her carotid pulse. You see that you don’t feel it and you see the patient’s complexion and the cold touch, you feel. I told her ‘Yeah, she’s dead, we’re going to revive her,'” he said.

The patient was taken to the emergency area of ​​the aircraft, which was located directly in front of the passenger rows. There he was joined by an internal medicine resident from Maciel Hospital. with the equipment that the flight crew provided them with, Three Uruguayans began resuscitation work on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

“About two inches from my left shoe, a woman in her 50s. Throwing up. I was not breathing. Stomach did not move. a giant first aid kit”, recalled Vero Erin, a passenger whose seat, as well as the seat of her husband and young daughter, was right in front of where the rehab was taking place.

The Incident Took Place On An Air Europa Flight.
The incident took place on an Air Europa flight.wikimedia commons

The couple assisted the medical team by shining their cellphone flashlights on them. “We put patches on it, there the signal goes out She was ready to defibrillate, and we defibrillated her”, said Juan Maria. About 15 minutes had passed from the time the woman was arrested till she regained consciousness.

,The death rate increases by 10% for every minute that you delay the initiation of cardiac massage., For me it was critical to the outcome, because the flight attendant immediately realized what was happening, called for help and when I arrived, (the patient) had just stopped,” he said.

Once the woman was stable, another problem arose. “The issue was that we were in the middle of nowhere”, told the anaesthetist. The captain of the plane asked the doctors through a stewardess what they should do, as they were to reach the “next ground” in about eight hours.

At that point the woman was more clear, cooperating, with an oxygen mask. It wasn’t like we had much of an oxygen tank, and if I stopped again Or if we had to re-intubate him and everything, we weren’t able to do that, or not in the best of circumstances”, Juan Maria explained.

The three decided it would be best to land an emergency plane.And this was communicated to the pilot, who “at no point questioned the decision.”

,We begin to land in Cape Verde. To all this, the stewardess told us, ‘What happens is that the runway in Cape Verde is short, it is not made for these planes’, explained the expert. Three Uruguayans helping the woman They sat next to him during the risky landing, which ended well.,

Cape Verde On A Map (Photo: Rei-Artur, Cc By-Sa, Wikimedia Commons)
Cape Verde on a map (Photo: Rei-artur, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons)

A few minutes later, a doctor who spoke a little Spanish arrived, after which the patient and her daughter were transferred to a clinic and then to a hospital in the African country. Meanwhile, the plane was refueled and started again.

The ship reached Montevideo about six hours later than expected, Upon arriving in the capital, Juan Maria contacted the patient’s daughter. “The last thing I knew they were waiting for a flight back to Spain, they were going there to study it, to finish the evaluation,” he said.

Although the odyssey took place in July, Vero recalled it a few days ago on social networks And, as he acknowledged, it is now “a good while” for him to get back on a plane. As an anecdote, he told that the footballer diego forlan and President of Cutcsa, John SalgadoHe was also in the crashed plane.

*by Rocio Gonzalez

Country (Uruguay)

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