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Posted: 12/31/2003 8:20:02 AM EST
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'Lucky' woman has attack on plane with 15 heart doctors.

LONDON, England (AP) -- A flight in the United States proved lucky for a British woman who suffered a heart attack.

Fifteen heart specialists, all bound for a medical conference in Florida, stood up to offer help when a cabin attendant asked: "Is there a doctor on board?"

Dorothy Fletcher, 67, who had been on her way from Britain to her daughter's wedding, said Wednesday that she owed her life to the doctors.

"I was in a very bad way and they all rushed to help," said Fletcher, who was stricken on a flight from Philadelphia to Florida.

"I wish I could thank them but I have no idea who they were, other than that they were going to a conference in Orlando."

Fletcher, who lives in Liverpool, northwestern England, spent two days in intensive care in a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina following the heart attack on November 7.

She spent three more days in the hospital, but still made it to Florida for her daughter Caroline's wedding.


Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:21:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 8:23:44 AM EST by raven]
I thought this thread was about my girlfriend.

Wow, lucky indeed.  my mom was on a plane with some poor bastard who had a heart attack right after takeoff.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:23:47 AM EST
Good thing she was on that airplane.

If she'd had a heart attack in England, she'd still be waiting to see a doctor.

National Health Care, y'know.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:30:29 AM EST
She is very lucky.

My brother, Navy Corpsman, saw a man drop at the airport within seconds he and several other Corpsman and a nurse started working on him.  The guy didn't make it.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:35:20 AM EST
If she were lucky, she wouldn't have had a heart attack.

[;)]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 10:29:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By KBaker:
Good thing she was on that airplane.

If she'd had a heart attack in England, she'd still be waiting to see a doctor.

National Health Care, y'know.
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I have a relative in England.  When he needed to get some heart surgery done, he had the choice of paying for it (about 30,000 pounds or dollars - can't remember) or getting it done for free.  He opted to pay because he then moved from an 18 month (yes, month) wait to a 2 week wait.  He was a little poorer, but alive and out of the hospital, at the end of the month.
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