Wayland Sisters Help Save Unresponsive Woman On A Flight To Florida

Photo: Courtesy of Wayland Massachusetts Fire Department

WAYLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sisters from Wayland helped save a woman's life when she became unresponsive on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Fort Meyers, Florida last week.

Flight attendants found the woman unresponsive in the plane lavatory on August 1, according to Wayland Fire Department. Officials say the woman had a faint pulse, was having difficulty breathing, and her skin appeared grey.

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Attendants asked passengers with medical backgrounds to help assist the woman. Lindsay Byrne, a Wayland Firefighter Paramedic, and her sister, Nicole Kelly, who works as a traveling nurse at Lahey Hospital in Burlington volunteered, alongside a Florida firefighter.

The group of volunteers determined the woman was having a diabetic emergency. They were able to sit her upright to clear her airways. By orally administering sugar packets, the three were able to help her regain consciousness.

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"Incidents like these are what first responders and medical professionals train for. Seeing this training and professionalism kick into action beyond our small community and in an environment with limited resources is a proud moment for the department that made a difference in someone's life." Wayland Fire Chief McPherson said. "I commend Lindsay and Nicole for working together and utilizing both of their unique skill sets to take this swift, lifesaving action while flying aboard an aircraft."

The group stayed with the woman the remainder of the flight. After landing in Fort Meyer, she was transported to a local hospital.

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