Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
Nursing truly is an art and most people who are Nurses have the biggest hearts I’ve ever met—they are always devoted, loving and attentive to patients and their needs. And that’s exactly the type of Nurses we need in our world. The ones that aren’t afraid to go the extra mile, just to make a patient smile, or save a life.
Mary Cunningham is a 25-year-old nurse from Niantic, Connecticut and yesterday was probably the most frightening day of her life. And that’s a lot to say for a Nurse because believe it or not they’ve seen nearly everything, your mind could possibly imagine.
It happened right as she heard over the SkyWest flight intercom, asking if there were medical professionals aboard the flight. She told PEOPLE nobody volunteered, so she stepped up, stating:
“I looked around for a second and didn’t see anyone volunteering, so I raised my hand. I was the only one.” Yikes—it would be a little scary to hear that over the intercom, especially knowing you’re the only Nurse on the flight—that you know about, taking that there weren’t any other volunteers, she could only assume.
Mary stepped up the the plate and quickly made her way over to a passengers seat. The patient looked “very lethargic, turning grey, looked very ill,” according to the Nurse. First, as any Nurse would she pulled the Oxygen down and placed properly against the patients face. The patient began to gain color into her face,”her color came back, she was more alert and just looked a lot better,” stated Cunningham.
Then, after a quick scan she began to notice that other people were ill, passing out—the patient was seated in front of the first ill patient passenger. Mary Cunningham, again to the rescue, she assessed the second passenger, again, with proper procedure. And then something changed with Cunningham.
She began to feel faint and ill, just like the other passengers. And she instantly knew there was something wrong, “I made my way to the back of the plane to try and catch my breath.” Mary was becoming ill and so were others on flight.
It was when the flight crew inquired about landing as soon as possible. Mary Cunningham responded, stating:
“I told the flight attendant to speak to the pilot to make an emergency landing.” The Pilots quickly took action and let everyone know he was going to take an emergency landing, stating:
“The pilot told us he was making an emergency landing and we’d be in Buffalo in about 20 minutes,” she says. “He told us they would be making a very rapid descent.” The decent was about 20,000 feet landing in Buffalo. Dan Cunningham(Maria’s father), spoke directly to PEOPLE stating:
“I’m very proud of her,” he says. “She’s an ER nurse and in life and death situations all the time for work, but never in her life like this. She kept her head. It could have been the worst day of my life. But it ended up being a great day.” What a brave woman Maria Cunningham was on that flight. Actions speak louder than words and Maria Cunningham seems to be one amazing person and Nurse.
Although the illness is still under investigation we too are very proud of her brave actions on board that flight. And we’re now left wondering what the heck was making people sick onboard that SkyWest Airplane? We want to hear from you? Do you guys have any opinions about the flight? We hope that everyone get’s better and they figure out what caused the illness so it doesn’t happen again. I guess we will just have to wait and see—keep checking back and stay updated with the latest on this frightening flight’s unknown illness.