Man hailed a hero after helping woman having seizures on flight to Cincinnati

A Phoenix man is being hailed a hero after a flight to Cincinnati. He jumped into action to help a woman suffering from seizures, and a Mason woman captured it all on her cell phone. (Amy Sanford Hammond)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Phoenix man is being hailed a hero after a flight to Cincinnati. He jumped into action to help a woman suffering from seizures, and a Mason woman captured it all on her cell phone.

Amy Hammond said it all started right after the plane broke through the clouds. That's when Anthony Marino, a former firefighter, stepped in.

"He said that he had heard something about her breathing that made him turn around, and he immediately started, 'Is there a doctor on board?'" said Hammond.

Marino never left the woman's side, giving her oxygen and stabilizing her during seizures. He even helped keep the woman's young son calm.

"Once there was this portion where she got over, she came to, she was breathing, she was able to try to talk to him, he immediately picked up the child and put him up in his seat," said Hammond.

Marino worked especially hard all of the times she went unconscious.

"It became so common that he would stand with his drinks, wait for that seizure to end and then walk past," said Hammond. "His confidence, his demeanor, the way that he took care of her in the situation, I think that it calmed everybody down because we watched her go unconscious dozens of times."

Hammond thanked Marino at baggage claim. "I said, 'Sir, I just want to say thank you. Your family must be so proud.' I just had to get it out because we were all blown away and impressed with him for two hours, and we don't know where we would have been without him," said Hammond.

She heard from him this morning.

"I was at my job and he messaged me, and I didn't realize that I would get choked up and that my eyes would fill with tears because on Sunday, this was just a little bit of a dream that this would get back to him," said Hammond.

She said Marino is her hero. She said, "I think it's 100 percent him that the plane was so calm."

Hammond is upset the plane didn't land immediately. Jon Austin with Republic Airline Corporate Communications released this statement:

The safety of our customers is our first and highest priority. Regarding the medical event on board our flight 3466 this weekend, the decision to continue to the flight’s destination was made by our crew who did the right thing by working with medical personnel onboard, with our on-call medical service provider and with input from the passenger. Had it been the judgement of the medical professionals that another course of action was indicated, we would have followed that recommendation immediately.
"We're grateful to all of our passengers who assisted in responding to their fellow passenger’s situation, including the numerous medical professionals on board who volunteered their services when asked.

The woman was taken to a local hospital. There has been no update on her condition.

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