Members of the Southampton University Swimming Club (SUSC) were returning from tour when they were called upon to perform CPR on a fellow passenger. An hour into their return flight, a man (who wishes to remain anonymous) went into cardiac arrest.
Flight staff responded quickly, using oxygen tanks and a defibrillator on the passenger just as SUSC were brought in to help.
A doctor was asked for and Kelvin Cheung M.D, part of the Swim team, was put in control of the passenger’s resuscitation. Adam Dales, Danni Burton and Sarah Benjamin, all also part of SUSC, were involved in performing CPR on the man and did so for 27 minutes, managing to restart the passenger’s heart by doing so.
The plane was diverted and landed, where the swim team then passed the man onto the paramedics to allow for more extensive care to be given to the passenger.
When The Wessex Scene asked those involved about how the episode affected them, Adam said: “we had done the appropriate training recently and were confident in what needed to be done”. Sarah also added that during the rescue operation, “the atmosphere reflected a great team spirit”.
After performing CPR, the team also helped those involved deal with their feelings regarding the situation.