An off-duty State Police trooper on Sunday helped stabilize a German woman who was having a seizure aboard a plane that was flying over Western Europe, State Police said Friday.
Trooper Christian Paluk and his family were flying on Dec. 30 from Munich to Lisbon when the incident unfolded, State Police said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Paluk saw a number of flight attendants going toward the front of the plane before the captain asked over the PA if there were any doctors aboard the TAP Airlines plane. There weren’t.
“Proving the adage that first-responders are never really off-duty, Trooper Paluk went to the front of the aircraft and identified himself,” State Police said.
Paluk then rendered first aid to the 43-year-old woman, who was not identified, using the plane’s medical kit. The woman remained stable until the plane landed in Portugal, where she received more medical attention.
“We hope she has had a full recovery, and we are reminded once again this holiday season of what is truly important,” State Police wrote.
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