A nurse is gaining national attention for her heroic action after a baby stopped breathing aboard her flight from Pittsburgh to Orlando.
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Tamara Panzino was a passenger on Spirit Airlines when the baby became unresponsive around a half hour after takeoff, according to FOX 35.
Panzino, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years, immediately jumped into action massaging the baby’s chest and legs. The baby became responsive shortly afterward.
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“On my flight back from Pittsburgh to Orlando, a baby stopped breathing three rows ahead of me. Thankfully a nurse was able to get the baby to breathe again,” tweeted FOX 35 meteorologist Ian Cassette, who was also on the flight.
On my flight back from Pittsburgh to Orlando, a baby stopped breathing three rows ahead of me. Thankfully a nurse (Tamara Panzino) was able to get the baby to breathe again. (1) pic.twitter.com/6oDgFCG7FS— Ian Cassette FOX 35 (@iancassette_wx) September 9, 2022
“When you have to step forward and do what’s right, you do it. It was just a happy story, and it made me feel really good,” Panzino told Fox 35.
Cassette also tweeted about the baby’s parent’s reactions to Panzino’s brave action.
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“The parents of three-month-old Anjelé were terrified and had never experienced this before,” the meteorologist wrote. “They praised the positive energy of the plane and the heroic actions of Tamara for saving her.”
The parents of three month old Anjelé were terrified and had never experienced this before. They praised the positive energy of the plane and the heroic actions of Tamara for saving her.— Ian Cassette FOX 35 (@iancassette_wx) September 9, 2022
The cause of the baby’s medical issue is unclear at this time.
“We thank our crew and Guest for the quick response,” a Spirit Airlines representative said in a statement. “Our Flight Attendants are trained to respond to medical emergencies onboard and utilize several resources, including communicating with our designated on-call medical professionals on the ground, using onboard medical kits, and receiving assistance from credentialed medical professionals traveling on the flight.”