Dr. Mehmet Oz — a cardiothoracic surgeon, a former television host, and the current Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania — returned to his professional roots over the weekend when he helped crews revive a man who had a minor medical episode during a flight from Louisville to Philadelphia.
On Saturday morning, Oz was aboard an American Airlines flight bound for Philly when someone nearby claimed that a fellow passenger was in distress.
When Oz heard the news, he immediately got out of his seat and went to “the bay” where an unidentified 27-year-old male had collapsed on the ground on his way to the bathroom.
“When I got to him, he was conscious but disoriented,” Oz recalled. “I asked the stewardesses to come help and get me something with sugar in it.”
Flight attendants brought Oz soda containing sugar and caffeine. Oz then helped the man ingest some of the soda, which helped him recover.
“He had driven all night long to get to the airport,” Oz reported, “and I’m sure he was dehydrated because, with fluids, his blood pressure came up.”
Oz has long emphasized the importance of hydration. Here he is on his former TV program “The Dr. Oz Show” discussing the warning signs of dehydration.
Dr. Oz and other physicians recommend water to combat the effects of dehydration, especially for those preparing to fly.
“People get dehydrated all the time on planes, especially because it’s high altitude and the air is drier,” Oz said. “Make sure you drink enough water. Caffeine doesn’t work as well as water, because caffeine gets you to pee out whatever fluids you’re taking in. Just take water.”
The young man later received some medical attention after the plane landed. His current condition is unknown.
After the incident, Oz posed for a selfie with the flight crew who had assisted him. Though that flight was the first day on the job for one crew member, Oz complimented the preparedness and professionalism of the entire team.
“These flight attendants were very well trained, kept their calm, and were able to help me perfectly,” Oz said.
Oz is currently running against Democrat candidate John Fetterman for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey (R), who is retiring after two terms. RealClearPolitics currently shows Fetterman with nearly a 7.5-point lead. The election will be held November 8.
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