Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher probably never expected their cabin crew training would be used in quite the manner it was late last week, but owners of Darcy the French bulldog were relieved to have Spencer’s and Asher’s expertise on hand.
Darcy was travelling aboard a JetBlue flight from Florida to Boston with her pet-parents Steven and Michele Burt when she started having difficulty breathing, WCVB Boston reported.
“I noticed that her tongue was blue and I am aware that is a sign of insufficient oxygen (Hypoxia),” Michele Burt said in a letter to the airline.
“I pulled her out from under the seat and placed her on my lap to cool down and help her relax as she was panicking and breathing frantically.”
Spencer and Asher came to Darcy’s aid by initially bringing her bags of ice, but when Darcy showed little improvement Spencer brought out a small oxygen tank and a mask.
"I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time, she didn’t want the mask," Michele Burt said.
"I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life. Some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine. I do not."
"We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs," JetBlue said in a statement.
"We're thankful for our crew's quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester."
Pictures provided by Burt family.