Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Dog on JetBlue flight given oxygen mask

Dog on JetBlue flight given oxygen mask

A Massachusetts couple credited a JetBlue flight crew with saving the life of their dog when it had trouble breathing on a flight from Orlando to Worcester, Massachusetts, news reports said.

Mrs Burt wrote the pup, who was under the seat in front of her in a carrier, began pushing her head against the mesh part.

Darcy was treated for hypoxia - a lack of oxygen in the body - by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog's face. "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".

Darcy, the French bulldog owned by Steven and Michele Burt of Westminster, Mass., receives oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018.One of JetBlue's flight attendants poses with Darcy after the bulldog received oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018.

"Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not".


In a statement to ABC 7 in NY and other media outlets, JetBlue said they were happy their crew members went "above and beyond" to help the dog and that Burt's thank-you letter would be forwarded to higher-ups so the attendants can be recognized for their kindness. I know it's not a child or a person but she is a family member.

In a letter to JetBlue shared on Facebook, a woman named Michelle writes about her experience on a flight to Worcester County, Massachusetts with her husband and her dog, Darcy.

Michelle later wrote a thank you note to JetBlue in which she praised the actions of their flight crew. Goodness and kindness along with the ability to assess a medical crisis, albeit a canine in crisis saved the day.

But Burt told the attendant the dog was struggling, and that's when attendants Renaud Fenster and Diane Asher came to help, she told the airline.

"We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs", JetBlue said in a statement to ABC News. Her owner confirmed that she had made a complete recovery.

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