A nurse in Tulsa returning from vacation with her family helped save two people in a medical emergency.
The Coffman family already has a few memories of their Cancun vacation on their refrigerator, but the return trip turned out to be unforgettable.
âIt’s something any nurse would have done,â said Melinda Coffman.
Coffman is a registered nurse, and during a layover in St. Louis, her skills were needed in the women’s washroom.
âI went to change my daughter’s diaper and heard someone say, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?’â She said.
She noticed a woman’s foot sticking out of a stall and rushed to help her.
âI crawled under the stall and found a woman completely unconscious, pale and clammy,â Coffman said.
She said the woman had low blood sugar and Coffman asked those around her to call 911 and get juice. By the time paramedics arrived half an hour later, she said the woman was stable and talking.
Coy, Coffman’s four-year-old son, has a simpler explanation for what happened.
“He said, ‘It’s a diaper emergency!’ He knew I went to change his sister’s diaper and then there was an emergency, âCoffman said. “So he pretended it was the diaper emergency!”
But there would still be an emergency before returning to Tulsa.
âAs soon as we take off there’s a passenger in the front seat and the passenger says to the flight attendant, ‘I think I have low blood sugar,’â Coffman said.
She said after the flight attendant gave the person a soda and snacks, an ad was posted asking for doctors or nurses on board.
âThe flight attendant did a fantastic job of managing,â Coffman said.
Coffman moved up a few rows and sat down with the passenger. She said the passenger had enough sugar at the time, so they took to the water. She also had the person tilt and tried to keep them calm but alert for the last 20 minutes of the flight. She said she also asked the Southwest flight crew to make sure paramedics were on the ground when they landed.