Uruguayan president assists French girl on flight to Paris

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Posted: Oct 29, 2015 3:47 PM
Uruguayan president assists French girl on flight to Paris

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez has put his old profession as physician to use — helping revive a young French woman on a flight to Paris.

Vazquez spokesman Jose Luis Veiga told The Associated Press on Thursday that the incident happened on Monday.

Veiga says the pilot asked over loudspeakers if a doctor was on board. Vazquez and his medical team got up and assisted.

Veiga says the 17-year-old appeared to be choking. When her breathing didn't improve, Vazquez and his medical team gave her an injection, which revived her.

Veiga says the incident "could have been very serious."

The girl had competed in a hockey tournament in Argentina and apparently ate a food that contained nuts, which she is allergic to.

Vasquez was traveling to France for a state visit.