A Delta Air Lines customer is praising the flight crew and former Florida Gators star Tim Tebow following a recent in-flight medical emergency. Richard V. Gotti’s post on Delta’s official, public Facebook page has been shared more than 10,000 times.
Gotti’s post, which has been “liked” on Facebook more than 25,000 times, says he was traveling from Atlanta to Phoenix when another passenger started experiencing some sort of medical distress.
“I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I’ve never seen before. The crew of Delta Air Lines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner!”
The story gets even more memorable:
“Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation. The plane landed in Phoenix and that was the first time they got a pulse back! Please share this with your friends! Pray for this man and his family, and also thank God that we still have people of faith who in times of difficulty look to the Lord!”
Delta spokesman Brian Kruse confirmed that there had been a medical emergency on board, and noted that paramedics greeted the plane to ensure the passenger received immediate care.
“We can’t say enough about the Delta professionals who care for our customers every day and we are grateful to our customers who are so often quick to extend kindness and care to one another,” he said.
Naturally, the airline doesn’t release information about who’s on board, though. Tebow, an SEC Network analyst, hasn’t posted anything about the matter, in keeping with his humble nature, but we’re trying to confirm.
For now, though, we can personally vouch for the fast-acting Delta crew members. During flight 1294 from Atlanta to Raleigh at 9 a.m. June 4, a passenger on the plane became concerned when another person on the plane appeared unresponsive, and pressed the flight attendant call button.
In a split second, crew members were at the distressed passenger’s side with an oxygen unit available. (It wasn’t needed, it turned out). An announcement upon landing requested we all keep our seats. An ambulance met the plane at the gate and paramedics boarded as soon as we landed.
The passenger was assisted off the plane and was being attended to by the paramedics when we walked by (she was alert and talking).
Tebow wasn’t on that Atlanta to Raleigh flight that we were on — but we’re sure there were some people praying.