‘Hero’ passenger helps woman suffering from seizures on flight to Cincinnati

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A woman said a “hero” helped a passenger suffering from seizures Sunday evening on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Cincinnati.

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The woman, Amy Hammond of Mason, Ohio, is questioning why the pilot didn't land the plane so the woman suffering from seizures could get medical attention, according to WCPO. There was not a doctor on board the flight, Hammond said.

The woman began having seizures during the flight’s ascent out of Houston shortly after takeoff, according to Hammond.

A man sitting nearby said he worked for a fire department and began to help the woman, despite initially being scolded for being in the aisle, Hammond told WCPO. She said the good Samaritan, whom she called a hero, helped the woman for more than two hours as the flight continued to Cincinnati.

Hammond posted a video on Facebook showing the man helping the woman. The video has been widely shared on Facebook.

"She's having seizures. We needed to get her medicine, we needed to get her professional help, and here she was on a plane up in the air, passing out over and over," Hammond told WCPO. "And they should have landed the plane in the beginning."

Republic Airlines spokesman Jon Austin released the following statement:

"This weekend, a customer experienced a medical issue aboard Republic Airlines flight 3466 operating as United Express between Houston and Cincinnati. While inflight, the customer received care by our crew with guidance from our on-call medical service as well as from a health care professional on board. The flight landed safely in Cincinnati where the aircraft was met by medical personnel and the passenger was transported to a local hospital."

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