UK nurse meets man she saved on airplane

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK Hospital nurse, Sarah Buschmann, was looking forward to a birthday getaway in Las Vegas when she got a surprise that she wasn't expecting.

A call went out over the plane's intercom mid-flight, asking if a nurse or doctor was on board because a fellow passenger was in trouble.

"I'm talking to him and his head rolls forward, his eyes are half closed and their rolled back in his head," says Carol Conyers, a friend of the man who had a medical emergency mid-flight.

Sarah wasted no time. She began taking Bill Shutters' vitals.

"Made him chew up two aspirin, got some ginger ale, just to try and cover our bases," Sarah Buschmann explains. "I stayed with him for the whole flight and just continued checking on him, checking his vitals and talking to him."

"Her demeanor, they way she spoke to me, the way she moved, everything," says Bill Schutters, who had a medical emergency on board a plane. "I was just like, 'I'm going to be okay.'"

"I didn't think twice about it because that's what I do everyday for a living," Buschmann says.

Schutters says, "The more we thought about it, we said, 'maybe that's what she does, but she doesn't do it at 40,000 feet on vacation.'"

When the plane landed, paramedics rushed Schutters off the flight and he didn't get a chance to tell Sarah 'thank you' until Wednesday.

"I'm just completely humbled that they would go out of their way just to find me again and say thank you," says Buschmann.

Sarah's supervisors at UK Hospital also rewarded her with a special jacket at the meeting between her and the man she helped.


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