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Physician who saved pilot’s life shares ‘exceptional’ survival story

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A Palm Seashore County physician shared his story Thursday after saving the lifetime of a pilot who suffered a medical emergency and have become unconscious on a small personal airplane that made an emergency touchdown at Palm Seashore Worldwide Airport final week.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Nishant Patel held a information convention at Palm Seashore Gardens Medical Middle to debate the 64-year-old pilot’s situation and restoration.

“The story is a miracle after a miracle,” Patel stated.

A single-engine Cessna 208 following an emergency landing at Palm Beach International Airport on May 10, 2022 (1).jpg

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A single-engine Cessna 208 following an emergency touchdown at Palm Seashore Worldwide Airport on Could 10, 2022.

The pilot, Ken Allen, was flying a single-engine Cessna 208 from the Bahamas to Fort Pierce on Could 10 when he suffered a life-threatening aortic dissection, what Patel referred to as a “excessive mortality case.”

“About 50% of sufferers who’ve this prognosis will not even make it to the hospital,” Patel stated. “Even with remedy, surgical remedy, the danger of passing away with the operation or throughout the hospital keep is sort of excessive.”

Watch information convention within the video participant beneath:

Palm Seashore County physician who saved pilot’s life shares survival story

Lakeland man Darren Harrison, 39, who had no flying expertise, miraculously took management of the plane and landed it efficiently at PBIA round 12:30 p.m.

“I knew if I did not react, that we’d die,” Harrison informed TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie on Monday.

Patel stated Allen was initially dropped at St. Mary’s Medical Middle in West Palm Seashore with indicators of a stroke together with a droop on left facet of his face and the lack of motion on one facet of his physique.

Nonetheless, when it was found Allen wanted complicated cardiac care, he was transferred to Palm Seashore Gardens Medical Middle, one of many space’s main coronary heart hospitals.

The pilot underwent emergency surgical procedure, which lasted from the late afternoon on Could 10 till roughly midnight.

Allen was launched from the hospital on Monday and is “resting comfortably domestically” and “doing fairly properly,” Patel stated.

Harrison stated Allen complained of getting a headache and feeling “fuzzy” earlier than passing out within the cockpit.

Darren Harrison speaks to TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie on May 16, 2022 (1).jpg

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Darren Harrison speaks to TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie on Could 16, 2022.

“The second that he was describing to his mates on the airplane, hey guys, I do not really feel properly. I’ve the worst headache of my life. I am feeling fuzzy, dizzy. That’s the actual occasion that the tear occurred in his aorta,” Patel stated. “To have the ability to survive that acute occasion was actually fairly exceptional.”

Patel stated Allen will stay in South Florida for a pair weeks for statement earlier than returning residence to Polk County.

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