Flight attendants are trained to aid passengers during emergencies, but rarely do they have to assist animals. That didn’t prevent JetBlue staff from ensuring a dog’s safety after suffering from a lack of oxygen.
WCVB reports that Boston area residents Steven and Michele Burt were flying home from Florida last Thursday (July 5) with their French bulldog, Darcy. The couple noticed their fur child did not look well during the flight.
“I noticed that her tongue was blue and I am aware that is a sign of insufficient oxygen (Hypoxia),” the Burts wrote in a letter expressing their gratitude to JetBlue. “So I pulled her out from under the seat and placed her on my lap to cool down and help her relax as she was panicking and breathing frantically.”
Flight attendants Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher quickly sprung into action once they were made aware of Darcy’s situation. They provided bags of ice but the canine’s condition didn’t improve much. Spencer, who coincidentally also owns a french bulldog, suggested using an oxygen mask for Darcy. Luckily the mask fit her face and she recovered minutes later.
Michele wrote, “I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask. I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not.”
Read the entire thank you letter in the Facebook post below.
Photo credit: Michele Burt, Facebook