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JetBlue flight attendants save French bulldog's life by providing oxygen mask

Steven and Michele Burt Steven and Michele Burt
Priscilla Morrison | 11 July, 2018, 13:38

A French bulldog was rescued on a JetBlue flight by a quick-thinking airline crew.

Darcy, the French bulldog owned by Steven and Michele Burt of Westminster, Mass., receives oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018. The 3-year-old bulldog's tongue began to turn blue and she was having difficulty breathing.

In a letter to JetBlue shared on Facebook, a woman named Michelle writes about her experience on a flight to Worcester County, Massachusetts with her husband and her dog, Darcy.

She held Darcy in her lap, trying to calm her.

'Renaud, who explained that he also had a French Bulldog " Penelope" brought a small oxygen tank with a mask attached and offered it saying "maybe this will help".

"I noticed that her tongue was blue and I am aware that is a sign of insufficient oxygen (Hypoxia)", Michele Burt wrote in a letter addressed to JetBlue and provided to WCVB-TV.

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The attendants brought bags of ice to try and cool the dog down, but Darcy wouldn't stop panting and continued to struggle. After Darcy breathed through the mask for a few minutes, she became alert and returned to normal.

Photos that have since gone viral on social media show Darcy sitting in a window seat with the yellow oxygen mask up against her nose and mouth. "I believe [crew members Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher] saved a life", said Burt.

She added Darcy has made a complete recovery but she will not fly the dog with her in future without a vet's clearance. "So, I called the captain and I told him, said, 'I think I need to use some oxygen, ' and he said, 'Go ahead, '" said flight attendant Renaud Fenster.

JetBlue released a statement to ABC News about the incident, which could have been risky had flight crew not reacted. "We're thankful for our crew's quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester".

When a flight crew member politely came to tell her that pets had to remain in carriers, Burt apologized and pointed out that Darcy appeared to be in medical distress.

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