Plane crew saves distressed dog with oxygen mask during flight

11 July, 2018, 13:40 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • JetBlue flight attendants save French bulldog's life by providing oxygen mask

Steven and Michelle Burt were on a JetBlue flight from Orlando, Florida to Worcester, Massachusetts last week when they noticed that something was wrong with their 3-year-old French bulldog named Darcy.

On Thursday night, 3-year-old French bulldog Darcy was on a flight from Florida to MA with owners Michelle and Steven Burt when she started showing signs of distress, ABC News reported. When Burt opened the flap to give the pup some air, she realized Darcy's tongue was blue. When Darcy continued her abnormal breathing, one flight attendant brought over an oxygen tank and a breathing mask.

At first, a flight attendant told her - politely, Burt wrote - that the dog had to stay in her carrier under the seat.

Crew member Renaud Spencer holds Darcy after the dog was feeling better. Within a couple of minutes Spencer and Asher arrived at Burt's seat with bags of ice to help calm the dog down.

Burt noticed that Darcy was in distress while she was still in her carrier, but realized on the flight that Darcy's tongue had turned blue - a sign of oxygen deprivation.


The crew came to the rescue with an oxygen mask for Darcy.

The little cutie was panting heavily, and it became clear she was struggling to get enough oxygen. "I believe [Spencer] and [Asher] saved a life". Goodness and kindness along with the ability to assess a medical crisis, albeit a canine in crisis saved the day. Her owner confirmed that she had made a complete recovery. "So, I called the captain and I told him, said, 'I think I need to use some oxygen, ' and he said, 'Go ahead, '" said flight attendant Renaud Fenster.

In a statement to ABC 7 in NY and other media outlets, JetBlue said they were happy their crew members went "above and beyond" to help the dog and that Burt's thank-you letter would be forwarded to higher-ups so the attendants can be recognized for their kindness.

JetBlue responded with this statement: "We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable flight, including those with four legs".

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