Nurse And Boyfriend's Heroic Efforts Save Man's Life During Mid-Flight Emergency

June 1, 2023

In a dramatic turn of events, a nurse and her boyfriend became unlikely heroes during a mid-flight emergency when they sprang into action to save a man's life on a flight from the Bahamas to Baltimore.

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Emily and her boyfriend / Credit: CBS News

Emily Raines, a nurse at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and her boyfriend, a former nurse who now works in finance, heard a call from a flight attendant asking for anyone with medical experience on the plane.

The couple immediately jumped into action and rushed to the aid of a man slumped over in his seat. He was unconscious with no pulse.

"On our way up there I was trying to pregame, like, 'Hey, if we have to do compressions, I need you to do compressions. I'll take care of everything else,'" Raines recalled.

The situation grew dire as his face turned completely purple. "It was quite alarming, obviously, seeing his face look that way," Raines told CBS News.

Refusing to give up on him, the couple remained calm and continued administering CPR.

"I would say about seven minutes before we landed is when we got him back to life," Raines said.

The passenger is now back home and "doing remarkably well" after the incident. They're still not sure why his heart stopped.

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