Shrewsbury nurse saves man having heart attack on flight

A quick-thinking nurse from Shrewsbury jumped into action during a flight, saving a fellow passenger.

Jane Palermo is a nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She was on a flight back to Boston from Cabo when she saw a passenger had stopped breathing. The passenger had suffered a heart attack. 

"I noticed this woman and she was shaking her husband," said Palermo, who has been a nurse for 30 years. "And his head kind of went down. So at that point, I knew something was wrong."

Palermo and an EMT who also happened to be on board took quick action to save the man’s life by giving him CPR. She said this hit close to home for her as her husband passed away from cardiac arrest seven years ago and no one was home to give him CPR.

As Palermo and the EMT attended to the man, a flight attendant got the defibrillator. The man was revived and started to breathe on his own.

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