When This Passenger Fell Ill On A Flight, His Wife Called For A Doctor And Was Left Dumbfounded

ADVERTISEMENT

Image: via NBC News

Retired Air Force veteran Tom McCay was on an internal flight with his wife, Maggie, in early March 2017 when he was suddenly struck down. Terrified at the sight of her ailing husband, Maggie called out for a doctor to help the unconscious man. But what happened next in this high drama was astounding. And while no one could say falling seriously ill in mid-flight is fortunate, it was certainly Tom’s lucky day in one way…

Image: NBC News

Tom is actually a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with a service record that stretches back to the Vietnam War. These days, he lives happily with Maggie, a former nurse, in Houston, Texas. But on Monday, March 6, 2017, the 70-something couple caught a Southwest Airlines flight home from Atlanta, Georgia, following a cruise vacation.

ADVERTISEMENT
Image: Facebook/Southwest Airlines

With all his years of flight time behind him, the former military pilot certainly had no fears of flying. In fact, Tom was always reassured when traveling on commercial airlines by the thought that he could be the one to assist in the case of an emergency. As he later told NBC News, “If one of the pilots passed out, then maybe I could go up and help.”

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT