Dorothy Fletcher, 67 at the time, was flying from Manchester to Florida to attend her daughter’s wedding. Christine Penman, the bride to be, was accompanying her mother when Dorothy suddenly felt really bad and it became obvious that she was having a heart attack. One of the stewardesses asked if there was a doctor on board and, amazingly, 15 people stood up. Not only they were doctors but they happened to be cardiologists going to cardiology conference in Florida.
They all came to Dorothy’s rescue and managed to save her life. The plane had to make an emergency stop in North Carolina where Dorothy was taken to hospital. After spending a week in intensive care, she was feeling well enough to attend her daughter’s wedding. Several days after the accident she stated that she would be forever grateful to the doctor who rushed to save her life on the plane and that without their help she wouldn’t be present today. Unfortunately, in the rush of the moment neither Dorothy, nor her daughter found the name of any of the doctors.