Thomas Cook flight attendant saves passenger’s life

A Thomas Cook flight attendant has been praised for saving an elderly passenger’s life after he suffered a fit mid-air.

Fellow passenger Naomi Toland said that flight attendant David Emery was at the man’s side within moments and successfully managed to resuscitate him on the Thomas Cook Airlines flight from Belfast to Dalaman, Turkey.

Toland, who had been sitting just in front of the elderly passenger on the flight last Thursday evening (October 18), said: “I had been sitting quite near the exits at the front of the craft when I happened to look behind me just before landing, and an elderly customer was taking some sort of fit.

“My heart stopped. However, a member of your staff, David, who deserves all the credit in the world, was at the man’s assistance straight way.

“He resuscitated him, lay him on the floor, was at his assistance immediately, basically saved his life.”

Writing on Facebook, Toland said the attendant then called for the rest of the crew and a doctor.

She added: “I cannot stress enough how amazing David and the rest of the staff were. Your team do not get enough credit for the work they do. I just needed to write this comment because David and the team deserve this credit as last night they saved a life.”

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said: “Our dedicated and highly-trained cabin crew team work tirelessly to look after our passengers – we’re so proud of David Emery from our Belfast base, whose quick thinking on a flight last week ensured the safety and well-being of one of our passengers. We, and the holidaymaker involved, can’t praise David highly enough.”

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