Austin Bleiweiss woken up by ‘yelling air hostess’ on flight saves co-passenger

  • Austin Bleiweiss was on his flight home to Florida from Puerto Rico
  • He was awoken by 'a flight attendant's scream' to find unconscious man
  • Gave co-passenger oxygen and shocked him with an automatic defibrillator

A firefighter allegedly saved a co-passenger's life after a man went into cardiac arrest at 30,000ft.

Austin Bleiweiss was in a deep sleep on his flight home to Florida following a holiday in Puerto Rico when he was awoken by 'a flight attendant's scream', local media reported.

Climbing out of his seat along with two others with a medical background, Bleiweiss allegedly saw an unconscious man slumped over his seat. 

Austin Bleiweiss was in a deep sleep on his flight home to Florida following a holiday in Puerto Rico when he was awoken by 'a flight attendant's scream', local media reported

Austin Bleiweiss was in a deep sleep on his flight home to Florida following a holiday in Puerto Rico when he was awoken by 'a flight attendant's scream', local media reported

According to Naples News, the 31-year-old - who is a firefighter and paramedic in the Naples Fire-Rescue Department - said that the passenger had turned a shade of grey and 'had no pulse'.

The emergency worker said that his training then kicked in and he claims that he positioned himself by the ill man's head and applied an oxygen mask while calling for the aircraft's automatic defibrillator and telling one other passenger to start chest compressions.

Bleiweiss stated that the incident was like a flashback as he had, three years earlier, been faced with a similar situation on a flight home from Las Vegas after his dad's 60th birthday. 

Taking to Facebook, the nine-year veteran of the Naples fire department said: 'Man it happened again!!! We were flying home today and I am woken up from the flight attendants yelling for people in the medical field. 

'I thought this was a dream again because this has happened to me before on a flight out to Las Vegas for my dad's 60th birthday. The person that was in need of help was pale white or grey looking in colour and had his eyes open but was lifeless and not breathing. 

'After making sure everyone was clear we shocked him. After the shock we had a pulse back. We then continued to assist with respirations and oxygen while we did an emergency landing in Ft. Lauderdale airport. The man was up and talking as we handed him over to the Fort Lauderdale Firefighter Paramedics.'

Bleiweiss stated that the incident was like a flashback as he had, three years earlier, been faced with a similar situation on a flight home from Las Vegas after his dad's 60th birthday

Bleiweiss stated that the incident was like a flashback as he had, three years earlier, been faced with a similar situation on a flight home from Las Vegas after his dad's 60th birthday

According to Naples News, Bleiweiss squeezed the bag attached to the oxygen mask two times to give the man air during the CPR. After two rounds of chest compressions, the defibrillator was attached to his chest.

The man later reportedly regained conciousness and started to breath on his own but the firefighter continued to squeeze the oxygen bag every seven seconds.

Despite saving his life, Bleiweiss claims he did not know the man's name due to a language barrier. 

The man was allegedly later transferred to hospital following an emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

The name of the airline in the report was not revealed, so MailOnline Travel has not been able to verify claims.

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