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Former 'Sexiest Doctor Alive' Saves Life of Fellow Passenger During Overseas Flight


When a passenger went into anaphylactic shock during an overseas flight, a celebrity doctor took action to save the man’s life.

Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, 29, was on board a Delta Air Lines flight traveling from New York City to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Varshavski is famously known as Dr. Mike, who shares health and wellness information with his 3.2 million Instagram followers and makes regular appearances on Fox Business to weigh in on medical issues.

In addition, Dr. Mike was named the “Sexiest Doctor Alive” by People magazine in 2015.

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About two hours into the flight with Dr. Mike on board, passenger Matt Faraco, 26, began struggling to breathe.

“I was on the plane, I actually hadn’t eaten anything, but I noticed my hands were swelling. I told the stewardess I was feeling unwell,” Faraco told Fox News. “The team on the plane asked for any doctors on board and Dr. Mike stepped forward.”

Dr. Mike took control of what could have been a tragic outcome for Faraco, who said he could feel his throat constricting.

“I felt my throat start to close,” Faraco said. “I don’t normally have allergies and there was no EpiPen on the plane.”

“Dr. Mike was able to use what was on board to help me, and he stayed with me and monitored my vitals for the rest of the flight. All I can say is how thankful I am. He really saved me.”

Faraco, from Atlanta, Georgia, had the chance to reunite with Dr. Mike in Jerusalem following the scary flight incident.

Dr. Mike told Fox News that the situation was considered life-threatening, saying, “We were facing a real dilemma.”

“While the plane was not equipped with an EpiPen, luckily the Delta team did have an advanced life support kit which included the Epinephrine,” Dr. Mike explained.

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“We needed to do some troubleshooting, adjusting the dosage and working out how to administer the medicine. We were able to work it out and administer it into his leg muscle — that for sure hurt but was the best option. Had we left the situation to deteriorate we would have risked having to open his airways with an incision.”

Thanks to Dr. Mike’s quick thinking, Faraco is alive and well today.

“Thankfully the drug worked and his airways opened,” Dr. Mike said. “We had to monitor his heart and breathing and now it’s great to see him back to full health.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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