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Welsh paramedic hailed a hero 35,000 feet in the air

Jason was on holiday with his wife and son when the incident unfolded. Credit: Jason Williams

Paramedics are poised to deal with any emergency – but 35,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean is the last place you might expect to have to spring into action.

That was the exact scenario facing Jason Williams - a Welsh Ambulance Service worker- who was on plane to Cuba with his family when a fellow passenger began to choke.

Jason sprung into action making himself known to the cabin crew.

We were a couple of hours into the flight when one of the flight attendants went past our row with a first aid kit, and that’s when I noticed a commotion a couple of rows down.

I went and introduced myself, explained that I was a paramedic and then took my seat again. A few moments later, I was asked to help.

– Jason Williams
Thomas Cook has thanked Jason for his quick-thinking actions. Credit: Jason Williams

Jason managed to lay the woman down and clear her airway.

Straight away I identified that the woman was not breathing, and with the help of her husband and the cabin crew, lay her down in the aisle where I managed to clear her airway.

I gave her some oxygen and monitored her vitals using the kit we had available. Eventually, she regained consciousness.

– Jason Williams

Jason, who is based in St Asaph, Denbighshire prevented the flight being diverted to New York.

Thankfully the patient, who had a history of faints, made a full recovery and continued her journey to her holiday.

Prior to me stepping in, the pilot had started to plan an emergency landing at the nearest airport which would have been John F Kennedy in New York.

I’m just glad I could be of help.

– Jason Williams

Tour Operators Thomas Cook have since written to Jason by way of thank you.