Flight crew’s quick-thinking saves dog after she starts having trouble breathing midflight

Her tongue had turned blue and she was having a lot of difficulty breathing
July 16, 2018 12:09 pm Last Updated: July 16, 2018 12:09 pm

When a pet dog experienced a medical emergency on an airplane, her owners were worried. But they needn’t have been, thanks to the quick-thinking flight attendants.

On July 5, 3-year-old French bulldog Darcy was accompanying her owners, Michele and Steven Burt, on a flight from Florida to Massachusetts, along with their two other small dogs.

(Screenshot via YouTube / Good Morning America)

Darcy was in a carrier that was under their seat. She was used to traveling and the Burts had been taking their dogs on flights for 12 years, so were not expecting any problems, according to a letter she wrote to the airline that was later shared to Facebook.

However, during the flight, the Burts felt Darcy pushing up against the carrier, so they went to take her out.

And it turns out that this was a call for help.

They noticed her tongue was turning blue—she was having trouble breathing.

Flight attendants are trained to deal with human emergencies on planes, but dog emergencies can be a different story.

But in this scenario, the flight attendants immediately worked to save the dog.

“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life,” Michele wrote in the letter.

One flight attendant, Renaud Fenster, also owns a bulldog. So, he knew what to do.

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Fenster got some ice for Darcy, who was panting uncontrollably, and then went to get what the dog needed the most.

“I called the captain and I told him ‘I think I need to use some oxygen,'” Fenster told ABC News.

A small oxygen tank with a mask, which is typically reserved for humans, was used on Darcy.

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This helped Darcy almost instantly, and her breathing returned to normal.

She was able to get through the rest of the flight without a problem and made a full recovery.

Michele was grateful for the quick and heartfelt response from the flight crew.

“Good people are doing good things on a daily basis even if it is in small ways or big ways,” she wrote.

“I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life. Some may reduce the value of life because Darcy is a canine. I do not,” Michele wrote.