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“This reinforced why I went into nursing”: The story of two nurses who resuscitated plane passenger

Woo and BinghamStanford Health Care cardiac nurse coordinators Angela Bingham, RN, MSN, CNL, and Sophia Loo, RN, MSHCA, have cared for hundreds of patients with serious heart disease. And they've had access to sophisticated technology and colleagues who are skilled at teamwork. Then came the one time that none of that was at hand - and a life was at stake.

Last December, Loo and Bingham had just boarded a plane back home to San Jose from a national health-care conference when they heard a call for help. Both rushed forward and found a male passenger in obvious cardiac distress. They recognized instantly that he was near death, and what followed was a classic case of making the best of what they had.

In a story in yesterday's Inside Stanford Medicine, Bingham and Loo share their experience and how much it meant to be able to do something they knew made a difference. “This reinforced why I went into nursing," Loo told me for the story. "I was so humbled and grateful that I could do something; that Angela and I knew what to do."

Photo by Norbert von der Groeben

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