Retired Nurse Jumps Into Action Mid-Flight To Save 3-Month-Old Baby

Spirit Airlines

As a result of a nurse’s heroic actions, a baby who had stopped breathing on a flight from Pittsburgh to Orlando was saved.

About 30 minutes after takeoff, Tamara Panzino, a nurse on Spirit Airlines Flight 1691, saw baby Anjelé suffer a medical emergency, according to Fox affiliate WOFL in Orlando.

It was then that she jumped into action and started massaging the baby’s chest and legs. It didn’t take long for the baby to start breathing again.

Ian Cassette, a meteorologist with the news station, saw the incident while 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,” Cassette tweeted alongside a video of passengers cheering for Panzino.

In an interview with the news station, Panzino said helping made her “feel really good.”

Cassette spoke off-camera with the baby’s parents. They told him they had never experienced anything like that before and it was terrifying.

“They praised the positive energy of the plane and the heroic actions of Tamara for saving her,” Cassette tweeted.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Nurse saves baby who stopped breathing on Spirit Airlines flight to Florida  NBC News
  2. Retired nurse saves 3-month-old baby on flight to Orlando  WESH 2 News
  3. ‘Heroic’ nurse saves baby who stopped breathing on Spirit Airlines flight  New York Post
  4. Retired nurse saves baby who stopped breathing on flight to Orlando  WESH 2 Orlando
  5. Baby who stopped breathing on flight from Pittsburgh to Orlando saved by nurse  CBS Pittsburgh
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