When Covina’s 61-year-old Blancadias received a life-threatening first aid, three doctors happened to be on the same plane.
Diaz, a mother and grandmother, says she had difficulty breathing and felt drowned. Coincidentally, on my way home from the Super Bowl, three doctors were on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles. They were part of a group of healthcare heroes invited by the NFL.
Approximately four hours after landing, the American Airlines crew turned to the speaker for help. Married Drs. Salima Tobani and Dr. Rahim Govani, and their friend Dr. Nilesh Vola, took action.
“She has oxygen in her mouth and her husband is holding her hand, said Govani, who works at Kaiser Permanente in Downey.
Doctors say there was limited equipment on board.
“There is no EKG or chest x-ray,” said Thobani, who works at Kaiser Permanente South Bay. “There’s so much going on in my head about what this is, but one thing we knew was that she needed to go to the hospital.”
But doctors agreed that it was a matter of life and death.
“I talked to the pilot and said,’Listen. I didn’t have to tell anyone to land on the plane, but if I didn’t land, she could die on this flight, so I need to land. “This is the eighth time we have responded to an emergency in flight, but this is the only time we have been asked to land,” Govani added.
They did everything they could to help her until the pilot successfully landed the plane in Houston. Diaz was rushed to the hospital and found to be suffering from lung collapse.
“If you believed in God’s intervention, we were going to be there for a reason,” Tobani said. “She can still live because she doesn’t have time yet, because we were just a vehicle to get to where she needed to go.”
After being hospitalized for a few days, Diaz’s family says she is back in Los Angeles and recovering.
“Personally speaking, it was a great moment to be there and help someone,” said Vora, who works at Memorial Care in Long Beach.
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