Dr. Bauman: Defibrillator Saved Man's Life on Airplane

Friday, March 6th 2009, 2:00 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick action by Dr. Bauman and an important device helped save a life.

She was on a flight from Oklahoma City to Denver Friday morning when a passenger had an apparent heart attack. Airport Director Mark Kranenburg said Frontier 188 was 10 minutes into the flight shortly after 7 a.m. Friday when the medical emergency occurred.

Dr. Bauman and three other medical professionals were in the right place at the right time as they used a defibrillator as well as CPR to revive the man. He regained consciousness and was transported to a hospital after the flight returned.

Dr. Bauman said they were lucky to have a defibrillator on the flight with them to aid in bringing the man's pulse and breath back.

She said the American Heart Association is attempting to get defibrillators on all flights.

Get answers to your health questions from Dr. Mary Ann Bauman.