Calif. congressman aids sick passenger on flight
- Associated Press
- October 24, 2013 - 1:45 PM
LOS ANGELES — A California congressman relied on his medical background to aid a woman who suffered a medical emergency during a flight to Dallas.
KCBS-TV reports (http://politi.co/1aevjL5 ) Rep. Raul Ruiz, who worked as an emergency room physician, was one of two doctors on board who helped stabilize the sick passenger before the plane made an emergency landing in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday.
The condition of the woman was unknown.
Texas Congressman Pete Gallego was also on the American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. He tweeted Thursday that it was "impressive" to see Ruiz in action. Gallego said Ruiz "saves lives" and he hopes he's on all his flights home.
Ruiz is a Democrat who represents California's 36th Congressional District, which covers much of the Coachella Valley including Palm Springs.
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