Twin sisters save lives on Boston-Florida flight

Twin sisters from Massachusetts are credited with saving a woman’s life on a plane flying from Boston to Florida. Wayland firefighter Lindsay Byrne, who is also a paramedic, and her sister, Sister Nicole Kelly, were on a trip to visit their parents and boarded a JetBlue flight Aug. 1 that departed from Boston Logan International Airport to the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers flew. The sisters said the flight had about 45 minutes to go when they heard an announcement over the plane’s intercom. Flight attendants asked someone with a medical background for help after a woman was found unresponsive in one of the plane’s lavatories. That’s when the 28-year-old twins, along with a Florida firefighter, offered to help. Byrne, Kelly and The Florida Firefighter examined the woman and found that she was unconscious. The woman had a weak pulse, was having trouble breathing, and her skin had a gray-blue tint, leading her to determine that she had a diabetic emergency, which the other was looking for,” Kelly said. “If I didn’t see a sign right away “We didn’t have to discuss much about what we’re doing, or any conflicts, I think. I didn’t have an idea and she didn’t have another,” Byrne said. “It was more like we were on the same page. We knew what we had to do and we could get it done. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, her thought it was a seizure. I thought it was a diabetes issue’ and we didn’t go back and forth for treatment. So that was nice. It made it a lot easier to regain consciousness. They stayed with the woman until that Airplane at Fort Myers landed where this woman was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. “For incidents like this, first responders and medical professionals train the community and in a resource-constrained environment is a proud moment for the department that has transformed someone’s life,” Wayland Fire Chief Neil McPherson said in a statement. Byrne has been a member of the Wayland Fire Department since 2018 and has been a firefighter for 10 years. Kelly works at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington and also works as a traveling nurse.

Twin sisters from Massachusetts are credited with saving a woman’s life on a plane flying from Boston to Florida.

Wayland firefighter Lindsay Byrne, who is also a paramedic, and her sister, Sister Nicole Kelly, were traveling to visit their parents and boarded a JetBlue flight Aug. 1 bound for Boston Logan International Airport to the Southwest Florida International Airport at Fort flew mine.

The sisters said the flight had about 45 minutes to go when they heard an announcement over the plane’s intercom. Flight attendants asked someone with a medical background for help after a woman was found unresponsive in one of the plane’s lavatories.

The 28-year-old twins, along with a Florida firefighter, offered to help.

Byrne, Kelly and the Florida firefighter examined the woman and found her unconscious. The woman had a weak pulse, was having trouble breathing, and her skin had a gray-blue tint, leading her to believe she was having a diabetic emergency.

“Obviously, as twins and growing up together, we knew everything the other was looking for,” Kelly said. “If I didn’t see a sign right away, she could tell and we worked each other through that way. So we could help her better together than we could individually.”

“There wasn’t much discussion about what we’re doing or any conflicts I guess. I had no idea and she had no other,” Byrne said. “It was more like we were on the same page. We knew what we had to do and we could do it. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, she thought it was a seizure. I thought it was a diabetes problem’ and we didn’t go back and forth on treatment. So that was nice. It made it a lot easier.

Wayland, firefighter, and paramedic, Lindsay, Byrne, left, and her sister, Nurse Nicole Kelly, of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, helped save a x20;Woman who had diabetes emergency while flying from Boston x20;Massachusetts, to Fort Myers, Florida, on August.  2022.

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Wayland Firefighter and Paramedic Lindsay Byrne (left) and her sister, Nurse Nicole Kelly of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, assisted on Jan. 14, 2022.

The trio propped the woman up to clear her airway and fed her sugar packets, which helped her regain consciousness. They stayed with the woman until the plane landed in Fort Myers, where the woman was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

“Incidents like these are what first responders and healthcare professionals are trained for. To see this training and professionalism translate beyond our small community and in a resource-constrained environment is a proud moment for the department that made a difference in someone’s life,” Wayland said fire chief Neil McPherson in a statement .

Byrne has been a member of the Wayland Fire Department since 2018 and has been a firefighter for 10 years.

Kelly works at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington and also works as a traveling nurse.

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