A long-haul flight from New York to Las Vegas is probably the worst possible location for a medical emergency.
But if you are going to pass out during a flight, having the famous TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz as a fellow passenger is pretty lucky.
In case you didn’t know, Oz doesn’t just play a doctor on TV. He’s a real cardiothoracic surgeon. And when he’s not hosting his popular TV show, Oz works as the director of New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute.
That means his fellow passenger was lucky to have the good doctor on board when he collapsed. Oz says that he was alerted to the emergency when “I was grabbed by a stewardess on the plane after a 30-year-old guy collapsed.”
It sounds like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but Dr. Oz didn’t hesitate to help the passenger.
“I got him to lie on his back and [put] his feet up on the emergency doors, and with that I began to get a reasonable pulse and blood pressure,” he told Page Six.
Oz even jury-rigged an EKG machine out of the plane’s emergency defibrillator.
But the passenger’s condition took a turn for the worse before the plane landed.