Save Date: September 23, 2005
Deb Gorombei and Lori Plate hurried through the Orlando Airport. It was Friday, September 23, 2005 and their flight to Phoenix would take off shortly. It had been a busy trip with long hours at a software conference and the two nurses along with two other R&G Medical Consultants employees were ready to be home. Missing the plane was not an option.
Arriving at the gate, they happily discovered the plane had been delayed a few minutes. They had made it just in time. As they boarded, Deb noticed a man whose coloring was grey as if he didn't feel well. The thought crossed her mind that something could go wrong on this flight.
The plane was packed, so Lori took a seat forward with Deb seated at the back of the plane. Although the plane went through some rough weather initially, the first 45 minutes or so of the flight was fairly routine. That was all about to change. In the middle of the plane, Jim Wick, in 19C, suddenly slumped in his seat.
An emergency announcement came over the PA system. A flight attendant asked if there were any physicians or RN's on board. Both Deb and Lori quickly left their seats to lend assistance. Deb's feeling of something happening on the flight was coming true - ironically, it wasn't the man she had originally thought looked ill.