Plane crew rescues French bulldog with oxygen mask for flight

Flight attendant Renaud Fenster poses with Darcy on the Massachusetts-bound flight

Flight attendant Renaud Fenster poses with Darcy on the Massachusetts-bound flight

A woman has thanked flight attendants for helping save her French Bulldog after the pup fell ill and needed an oxygen mask on a flight. Darcy had started pushing her head against the mesh part of her carrier.

Michelle and Steven Burt were on a JetBlue flight from Florida to MA last week when they noticed their dog Darcy seemed distressed, according to a letter from Mrs Burt published on The Everyday Jumpseater's Facebook page. Her husband told the dog, who is normally "very obedient" to sit, but Darcy continued to thrash around.

"I noticed that her tongue was blue and I am aware that is a sign of insufficient oxygen so 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".

"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 wrote in a letter to JetBlue.

'Though some may reduce the the value of a pets life and applying lifesaving efforts to a dog the attendants applied their skills in a humane and caring way that I like to think represents the best in all of us as human beings, ' Burt wrote. "You couldn't help but notice the change in her eyes". The bulldog may not have survived if not for flight attendants, who brought bags of ice and then a small oxygen tank with a mask. "I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life".

She accompanied the letter with pictures of Darcy wearing the oxygen mask and being held by flight attendant Spencer while deplaning.

"It may have been only a "dog" to some, not a major disaster certainly, but a family member to us".

Burt went on to say that the two flight attendants "were the helpers today". Goodness and kindness along with the ability to assess a medical crisis, albeit a canine in crisis saved the day.

Darcy quickly perked up and her owners have said she's made a full recovery. JetBlue released the following statement: "We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs".

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