Emirates honours cabin crew for saving passenger's life

Carlton, left, and Farrag with the defibrillator.

Emirates has presented special awards to two members of the airline's cabin crew for saving the life of a passenger who had a heart attack on board a flight to Nairobi.

Dr Alasdair Beatton, head of medical services, presented cabin service director Diaa Hossny Ahmed Farrag and cabin crew member Tracey Leanne Carlton with special, heart-shaped badges in recognition of their efforts.

The incident occurred on board flight EK421 Dubai to Nairobi on July 1 when a 60-year-old passenger complained of heartburn and began vomiting two hours into the flight.

Dubai-based Dr Neil Livingston, responded to the call for a doctor and examined the passenger, who was thought to be suffering from indigestion. The passenger received some treatment but collapsed a short time later.

Carlton, recognising a heart attack, called for the defibrillator, carried on board every Emirates aircraft, to be brought while she and Dr Livingston applied CPR.

A single shock was sufficient to kick start the heart into beating regularly. A telephone call from the plane to Medlink ensured that a hospital had been alerted and a doctor and ambulance waiting at the airport.

Dr Beatton said to date, over 30 lives have been saved on international flights by airlines carrying a defibrillator.