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‘Air hostess saved my life’

Carl Harrison, of Norton, fell ill on a Thomson flight from Malaga to Doncaster, but the air hostesses saved his life. Picture: Andrew Roe

Carl Harrison, of Norton, fell ill on a Thomson flight from Malaga to Doncaster, but the air hostesses saved his life. Picture: Andrew Roe

Quick-thinking cabin crew saved the life of a Doncaster holidaymaker when he became gravely ill in on board a flight.

Carl Harrison has thanked air stewardess Natalie Bond for coming to his rescue when his body went into spasm and his temperature rocketed to 44C while the jet he was in was thousands of feet in the air.

The 59-year-old still had more than an hour to endure on board the flight before it touched down at Robin Hood Airport and paramedics whisked him away to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he said he received wonderful treatment.

Mr Harrison, of Ryecroft Avenue, Norton, said: “I didn’t realise how ill I was at the time but I was at death’s door. My whole body started shaking, it was terrifying really.

“An air hostess came over and gave me oxygen which seemed to help, she sat with me for the rest of the flight.

“I was saying at the time that I would be OK but she realised the danger and radioed ahead to Doncaster and had a paramedic waiting for me.

“The staff were brilliant, I can’t praise them enough, particularly the woman who contacted the paramedics. If it wasn’t for her quick thinking I might not have made it, she saved my life.”

Dad-of-three Mr Harrison was returning from Malaga on board a Thomson flight with wife Susan when he was taken ill.

He spent just over a week in hospital. It is believed he may have suffered an infection flaring up after an operation last year.

Natalie, who is based at Robin Hood, said: “This is the first time I have helped in a medical emergency where paramedics have taken over from me. I feel a bit emotional to know that he feels like I saved his life, but I was only doing my job.”

 

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