Mom in Panic as Age 1 Daughter Unresponsive Mid-Flight, Mystery Man Steps Forward


When children experience medical emergencies, the tendency is for their parents to feel trapped or stuck while watching the scary situation unfold.

Though a parent may not be experiencing the physical pain that their child is, they feel an incredible burden of responsibility and concern for the health of their child as it’s being threatened.

Mother Lesley Keeley had that experience while aboard an airplane. Her 1-year-old daughter, Nancy, was with her on the British airline Thomas Cook Airlines.

Keeley not only felt trapped during a scary situation involving Nancy but actually was trapped in the air mid-flight.

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On Jan. 22, Keeley, her partner, and Nancy were flying home from a resort.

The trip was in celebration of Nancy’s first birthday. The mood of celebration drastically shifted to panic on the flight home, however.

Mothers sense when their children are not their normal selves. Keeley’s instincts were no different.

She attributed that feeling about Nancy being “off” to weather changes and teething. The infant’s temperature began to rise and so did the fear in Keeley.

Panic struck as the concerned mother realized they still had two hours left in the plane before they could get out to seek medical treatment.

Keeley shared on Facebook about the flight experience and her gratitude to the flight crew for providing her daughter with pain and fever medicine.

She explained, “Then Nancy started going all pale, unresponsive, nose bleeds and eyes started rolling in the back of her head. At this point I started crying as fear really set in as I was on a plane with nowhere to go.”

Not only did the crew help, but a doctor was aboard and decided to step forward. Later, Nancy’s temperature returned to normal, and she was diagnosed with a virus.

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The mystery doctor, only known by Jo, is the reason why Keeley believes her daughter recovered without brain damage. Keeley didn’t go into detail on her Facebook post about the specifics as to how the doctor helped Nancy, but hopes to find Jo to properly thank her.

“I know as doctor that is a duty to look after others, however you could of easily sat there and not come forward. You also didn’t have to stay with us until the paramedics arrived,” Keeley wrote.

Stepping forward in a time of need was an honorable decision the doctor made.

Her presence not only helped the 1-year-old but also helped the mother not feel so trapped physically on the plane and emotionally in her panic over the situation.

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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