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Orange County Plastic Surgeon Helps Stabilize Wounded Flight Attendant Requiring an Emergency Landing
Date:5/27/2010

An Orange County plastic surgeon on board a flight from London to Los Angeles helped stabilize a flight attendant who suffered a severe injury due to turbulence. The United Airlines plane ultimately made an emergency landing in Montreal to care for this victim.

(Vocus) May 28, 2010 -- Dr. Semira Bayati was onboard United Airlines flight 935 when it took off from Heathrow Airport at 10:05 Tuesday morning. The plane hit severe turbulence over Greenland, ultimately causing at least six injuries, including a flight attendant who suffered an open fracture in her lower left leg. Dr. Bayati, who was sitting near the front of the plane, says an announcement over the intercom system asked if there was a doctor onboard. “I thought maybe it was a person with chest pains, something like that. I was not expecting what I found back there.”

What she found was a 50-year-old flight attendant who had suffered a massive open fracture of both bones in the lower-third part of her left leg, making the lower leg completely unstable. “She was losing a lot of blood, and she was in a lot of pain. There was no medication (narcotics) on board, so I had to improvise with what we had. I managed to re-set the leg and reduce the fracture. Since there were no splints available, I used a crutch that one of the other passengers gave us to provide a makeshift splint, and bound it to her leg with a seatbelt used in the flight attendants’ safety demonstrations.”

Dr. Bayati says, with help from others on the plane, they managed to move the wom
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