A 78-year old woman who went into medical distress received CPR. The incident occurred on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Vancouver died, despite the heroic attempt by her fellow passengers to save her life.
Ordeal on the air
The witnesses stated that the woman became extremely ill then unresponsive on board the 314-passenger flight as it was travelling somewhere above Saskatchewan. Several people tried to help her including 2 doctors and a nurse. The plane made an emergency landing in Calgary so she could be rushed to a healthcare facility.
Sadly, her family confirmed that the passenger, identified as Surjit Kaur died. One of the men who attempted to save her, Vancouver resident Hayden Ordel stated that they did everything they could, but it was an uphill battle.
Ordel has first aid training for his work in the film industry but has not performed CPR outside of the training scenario. He was helping 3 medical professionals who also utilized a defibrillator to monitor Kaur’s condition. The passenger’s adult son was accompanying her on the flight and watched the group’s frantic efforts to save his mother.
The paramedics met the plane when it landed at the airport in Calgary and there were initially signs of hope for the senior. Ordel stated that the captain announced that the passenger was responsive when she was taken to the healthcare facility, though she remained in critical condition.
Timely CPR to save a life
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that can save a life. Prompt delivery of the technique significantly improves the chances of survival during emergencies.
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