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A newly-graduated doctor on board an overseas flight performs a miracle

Not many of us have the pleasure of working in our field mere weeks after we've graduated from college.

That's certainly not the case for Dean LaBarba though! 

His life-saving career came to a sudden start only a month after he left medical school.

Dean was on a 12-hour flight from Zurich to Los Angeles when a female passenger sitting near him complained of feeling unwell.  

When she tried to get up to go to the bathroom, she collapsed.

Dean, who had just finished at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, immediately rushed to the woman's aid. 

He soon discovered that she had no pulse.

When massaging her sternum to get the blood flowing did nothing, he laid her across a row of seats with the help of a fellow passenger. 

After several chest compressions, she began to become conscious again.

They were then moved, along with Dean's wife, to first class where he continued to watch the woman's progress.

According to the Good News Network, Dean ''remained at her side continually checking on her and asking if she felt any abdominal pain, chest pain, nausea or leg cramps.”

“I think she may have experienced a syncope episode.”

A syncope episode is when you lose temporary consciousness due to a lack of blood flow to the brain. 

Dean's wife Ivy gushed, ''I was so proud to the point of tears.”

As he was the only doctor on board a flight of 300 people, the woman was blessed to have him there and she made it through the rest of the flight without any problems. 

How lucky was she?

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