On Tuesday a routine Phoenix bound US Airways flight saw a miracle when some alert passengers saved a baby who stopped breathing and had started to turn purple. By the end of the ordeal, nobody was complaining about the flight diversion.
The Airbus A-320 was diverted to Houston after the scary mid-flight incident.
Flight 678 had departed from Tampa International Airport en route to Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport, however, as the plane approached the Houston area a baby on board stopped breathing prompting passengers to initiate life-saving procedures while the flight was diverted to the nearest airport.
Luckily for the family, two medics with first aid experience jumped into action without thinking twice, while the pilots radioed the tower for instructions to make an emergency landing.
Passengers on board held their collective breaths as the medics worked to make the baby breath again, when at last everyone heard the crying infant there were cheers from concerned bystanders:
“When we heard the baby cry, it was just (…) it was a teary moment for everybody,” a female passenger told FOX10.
US Airways spokesman Liz Landau told ABC News the infant was taken off the plane, attended by EMTs who awaited the family in Houston, and later transported to a local hospital.
The airline didn’t release any further information on the baby or its condition.
One of the passengers who saved the baby’s life, teaches CPR for a living and was very familiar with how to proceed in the emergency at 30,000 feet.
In an exclusive interview with Fox10 Garrett Goodwin said of his heroic actions:
“I did chest compressions, cleared his mouth, gave him some rescue breathing, stimulated him. He came back around.”
“Absolutely you’re scared, but your training kicks in. I was at the right place at the right time with the right experienced training and I hope anybody with any amount of training would have done that.”
Other passengers said Goodwin saved the baby with his quick, professional reaction.
“I saw a gentleman rushing towards the front, they needed help and we were told a baby was in distress,” a woman on board told reporters.
Another passenger related how the rescuer held the baby, who had turned purple by then, upside down in his hand.
“They immediately went to work and called for anybody who had medical training. There are people that assisted and we’re told there would be an emergency landing and everything went smoothly. Everyone was invested and we heard the baby cry, it was just… it was a teary moment for everyone.”
A woman on the plane called it the “miracle on Flight 678” after the plane landed in Phoenix about an hour behind schedule. Many passengers missed connecting flights, but nobody was complaining and everyone was relieved the baby had been saved by fellow passengers who rushed to help.
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