A Sunwing flight attendant saved the life of a passenger who went into cardiac arrest while a pilot made an emergency landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport earlier in the week.
Last Tuesday (Sept. 27), Cabin Safety Manager Marisa Rodrigues was preparing for a landing of a Sunwing flight from Cancun to Toronto when she was alerted of a woman having a seizure.
According to a statement issued by Sunwing, the crew immediately attended to the affected passenger, along with a nurse and medical student on board the flight, while Rodrigues conducted chest compressions on the passenger.
“Thanks to the fearless crew on board, led by Cabin Safety Manager Marisa Rodrigues, along with several passengers who jumped in to support, the affected passenger was given prompt, urgent and life-saving medical attention, which we are grateful for,” Sunwing said.
Paramedics met the aircraft on arrival in Toronto to provide further medical attention to the passenger.
“We are extremely grateful for the quick thinking, care and attention provided by our cabin crew, led by Marisa Rodrigues, and the other passengers who assisted during a stressful situation while remaining focused and calm,” Sunwing said.
“The teamwork and collaboration on board the flight resulted in a positive outcome for the affected passenger. We are honoured and proud to have such dedicated, fearless and caring crew at Sunwing Airlines, and thank them for putting passenger welfare and safety above all each and every day!”
In an interview with CTV News, Rodrigues said it was the first time in 18 years she had ever done compressions on a passenger.
Medical episodes have happened before with travellers fainting and facing anxiety, she said, “but nothing to this extent, ever.”