JetBlue crew rescues dog in distress with oxygen mask

Darcy was treated for hypoxia – a lack of oxygen in the body – by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog’s face

Darcy was treated for hypoxia – a lack of oxygen in the body – by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog’s face

A JetBlue flight crew is being credited with saving the life of a French bulldog that was having difficulty breathing while mid-flight from Florida to MA.

Darcy was travelling with her humans Michele and Steven Burt from Florida to MA on Thursday, when they noticed the pup's tongue turning blue. When the dog became distressed, Michele noticed that its tongue and gums had turned blue, a sign of lack of oxygen.

A French bulldog was rescued on a JetBlue flight by a quick-thinking airline crew - and the owners could not be more pleased.

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

Spencer, who said he also had a French bulldog named Penelope, then brought a small oxygen tank with a mask.

"We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy's life", Burt wrote on her Facebook page.

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Darcy with an oxygen mask and with flight attendant Renaud Spencer.

These flight attendants are being hailed for looking after their passengers - no matter their species - during their time of need.

"Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not".

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. But Darcy kept panting frantically, Michele wrote in her letter. "I brought the dog some ice, and that didn't do anything".

Burt wrote that Darcy has completely recovered from the incident and noted that she will not be flying with the dog going forward, unless her vet okays it.

In a statement to ABC 7 in NY and other media outlets, JetBlue said they were happy their crew members went "above and beyond" to help the dog and that Burt's thank-you letter would be forwarded to higher-ups so the attendants can be recognized for their kindness.

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