JetBlue Cabin Crew Saved a French Bulldog With an Oxygen Mask

Jul 9, 2018

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A french bulldog named Darcy was having trouble breathing on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Massachusetts when a flight attendant intervened and gave her an oxygen mask that might’ve just saved her life.

The 3-year-old pup was sitting on her owner’s lap as a flight attendant walked by to assist another passenger. The JetBlue crew member, Renaud Fenster, described what he saw to ABC. “I believe the dog passed out,” Fenster said. “The dog started panting very rapidly and uncontrollably, and so as a French bulldog owner myself, I knew the dog was overheating and needed some ice.” When ice didn’t help, Fenster decided to treat Darcy for hypoxia with an oxygen mask.

Darcy the frenchie was given oxygen on the JetBlue flight. Photo by Michele and Steven Burt.
Darcy the frenchie was given oxygen on the JetBlue flight. Photo by Michele and Steven Burt.

After a few minutes of holding the mask to Darcy’s face, owner Michele Burt said that “she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask.”

Hypoxia is a serious oxygen deficiency that can be deadly, so it’s not a stretch to say that this flight attendant might have saved the pooch’s life. “I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not,” said Michele.

TPG doesn’t discriminate with our love of dogs, but the french bulldog breed is one that’s close to our hearts, given that all three of The Points Pups (@thepointspups) are Frenchies.

Darcy’s bout of hypoxia comes as US airlines have had some high-profile pet deaths on board flights recently. United had a Frenchie die mid-flight in March after a flight attendant put the dog’s carrier in the overhead bin, and Delta had a Pomeranian die in its cargo facility in June.

H/T: ABC News

Featured image by Michele and Steven Burt.

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