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Former MP praised for helping air passenger in distress

Jeff Baron, former MP (File photograph)

A former Minister of National Security has received kudos after he came to the aid of a passenger who suffered a seizure on a Bermuda-bound plane.

Jeff Baron, a former OBA MP and senator, said the incident happened on Friday while he was on the Delta flight from New York to Bermuda.

Mr Baron said that as the aircraft was taxiing towards the runway, he felt a man in a seat ahead of him begin to shake and raise his arm in the air.

“I could tell by the people around him and the way they were looking at him that something was really wrong with him,” he said. “I asked for a medic because I could tell he was having a massive seizure and he needed to get his airway clear.”

Mr Baron said that as he began to help the passenger, he realised that getting him out of his chair to the ground was a priority.

“I got him to the ground and into a recovery position while telling him he was going to be okay,” he said. “There were a couple of other people who came around to help as well.

“The whole thing was over in two minutes. I fly a lot, but that’s the first time something like that has happened.”

While Mr Baron said he did not know the outcome of the incident, he was relieved to see the passenger return to his feet after the aircraft got back to the terminal.

“I was really happy to see that,” he said. “Whatever reason he was travelling to Bermuda, be it business or pleasure, I hope he does find his way here.”

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Published December 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm (Updated December 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm)

Former MP praised for helping air passenger in distress

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