US emergency medical technicians administered lifesaving efforts on the 54-year-old in a bid to save her life.
An Indian woman, found unresponsive at the Washington Dulles International Airport, was saved by timely intervention of emergency medical personnel. The 54-year-old woman had just arrived on a 15-hour flight from Doha, Qatar.
The Indian woman, a lawful permanent resident of the US, had been found unresponsive in a wheelchair near the baggage belt at the airport, according to US authorities.
For 10 “harrowing” minutes, the technicians worked hard to revive her and initiated lifesaving methods including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). They also connected her to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is used in cases of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Their efforts were rewarded after 10 minutes when airport paramedics finally regained her pulse, says a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Press release.
According to the release, the rescue effort was carried out by multiple CBP emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Fire and Rescue personnel. When the woman did not respond to any of their efforts, they placed her on a stretcher and proceeded to head for the hospital. A minute later, MWAA EMS reported that they had regained a pulse. In an hour and half’s time they also reported that the woman was breathing on her own at the hospital.
“Though the woman didn’t regain a pulse until she was enroute to the hospital, the incredible lifesaving efforts by Customs and Border Protection EMTs during those critical first 10 minutes have helped her to survive so that she can spend more time with her family and friends again, and that is a great story,” said Daniel Escobedo, CBP’s Area Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, DC.
“CBP is comprised of many compassionate and caring professional law enforcement officers who have volunteered to serve an additional duty as EMTs to ensure that travellers suffering medical distress have a fighting chance at life,” he said.