Cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet, yet Portland man was in the right hands

From: The Oregonian

Prem Raghu's lucky numbers might as well be his flight and seat: American Airlines' No. 1006; seat 24D.

That's where the 67-year-old retired custodian was about 2 p.m. April 3, when he suffered cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet.

Ominous as that sounds, it was the right place at the right time given that he was surrounded, far and away, by the right company.

Prem was in the middle seat. His wife, Manjula, was next to the window. As they headed toward Dallas to visit their daughter, the Southeast Portland couple chatted and joked.

Prem fell silent.

When Manjula glanced his way, she noticed his eyes closed. His pallor looked gray. He sat too still.

She tapped him on the cheek saying, "Wake up!"

He didn't respond.

She doesn't recall what she said next, but Manjula's distress got the attention of those around her.

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