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Allergist Calls for Change After Saving Girl's Life During In-Flight Reaction

On August 5, allergist Patricia Leonard was traveling with her three children on a United Airlines flight out of Dublin, headed home to Houston via Newark, following a vacation with family in Ireland.

Two hours into the flight, the attendants had cleared away the meal, when she heard the crew’s PA announcement. There was a medical emergency, and any health-care professionals were asked to identify themselves.

Dr. Leonard was able to administer epinephrine to the patient, but only after she had to search for it in the plane's medicine box. The medicine box did not stock auto-injectors, but rather had a vial of epinephrine and a syringe.


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