Mother-daughter save life mid-flight
By Linda Green

When a mother and daughter from Dearing boarded a flight from Dallas to Atlanta on Aug. 27, they had no idea that their life-saving skills would be needed to help heart attack victim.
Sandy McCorkle, a registered nurse, and Rebecca Hawkins, a certified CPR specialist and director of the Y130 Program Center, were flying home from North Texas after visiting family. The mother and daughter were on a flight from DFW to Atlanta when a passenger on board collapsed.
“We were five to 10 minutes into the flight and into the clouds when I saw everyone looking at man three rows up. I said mom, I think he is having a seizure,” Hawkins said. “I thought I saw him, shaking,” she said.
After seeing the flight attendant hurry to the back of the plane, Hawkins told her that her mother was a registered nurse. “I kind of volunteered her,” Hawkins said.
As the nurse checked the man out, she with the assistance of a fellow passenger, laid him in the aisle. “I knew something was wrong then,” Hawkins said, “I ran up to him and looked for a pulse. He was cold, sweaty, not breathing and he had no heartbeat. He was not alive”
Hawkins said that since she knew that CPR would be necessary, she ripped off the man’s shirt and placed oxygen into his airways. “I began to do compressions and then I let my mother take over,” she said. “The automatic emergency defibrillator came and I put the pads on his chest.”
Hawkins, who teaches CPR and has her students pump to the beat of the song “Staying Alive,” realized that he mother was a bit slow in the compressions to the chest.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, September 4, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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