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Doctor saves life of woman on plane

A female passenger likely would have lost her life on a flight to Shanghai if not for a helping hand lent by a doctor.

The 56-year-old woman suffered a heart attack on the flight from Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, late Monday night. Dr Jia Bing, a cardiac surgeon from the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, rushed to the woman, who fell to the floor about 11:30pm to give first aid.

"I was sitting with my wife in the ninth row, while the patient sat one or two rows before me," he said. "I was sleepy at that time, when there was a sudden noise and air stewardess called for 'anyone a doctor'. I stood up."

Jia said the woman had no pulse when he checked her.

"It was cardiac arrest, whose golden period for rescue is within five to 10 minutes," he said. "I conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately. Fortunately, she was pulled back only after my three heart massages."

All the passengers clapped their hands for Jia's success and the woman's survival.

"I sat on the same row with the sick woman," said a netizen named Jiang Jiayu on microblog.

"The air crew and many passengers ran to help the woman. I am impressed by the doctor's good skill and others' cooperation in helping and caring for the woman."

The woman started breathing again, but her condition was unstable. The crew gave her a heart disease pill under agreement of her family and the doctor and kept close watch on her blood pressure.

The Shanghai Airlines flight, scheduled to leave Xi'an at 8pm Monday night, was delayed two hours.

The woman was sent to a local hospital upon arrival at midnight and was in stable condition yesterday morning.


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