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LAS VEGAS, USA - APRIL 15, 2014: Boeing 737 of Delta Airlines at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. As of 2013 Delta was the largest airline in the world with 120 million annual passengers.

One North Carolina woman didn’t have time to worry about her fear of flying on a flight to Salt Lake City. Instead, she and her mother sprang into action on a recent Delta flight to help save a man’s life.

The Citizen-Times reported that Morgan Anderson, of Asheville, North Carolina, forgot all about her fear of flying when she realized a man’s life was in danger.

"I didn't feel like I was in the air, thousands of feet above the world. I just got tunnel vision and focused on him and my mom," Morgan said.

The Andersons, who are both nurses, left East Asheville at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 on their way to Salt Lake City. While in the air, a flight attendant asked for medical professionals to help with an ongoing issue.

Morgan and her mother, Rose, sprang into action. They met their patient, an older man who was unresponsive with high blood pressure that put him on “the brink of death,” Morgan said, according to WBIR.

The mother and daughter duo worked together to save the man’s life, using a needle and catheter from a medical kit to help rehydrate him.

"It was like walking a tight rope, keeping him all right with what we had," Rose said.

The flight sped up as a result of the medical emergency. The man is still in stable condition. The Andersons both received a discount off their next flight, KHOU reported.

But for Morgan, the experience meant something more.

"I didn't think I'd ever get to work with my mom because she's approaching retirement," Morgan said. "As down on his luck as that guy was, he actually gave me a neat experience with my mom. I'm just glad he was all right and got to spend time with his mom, too."

Nurses and doctors often save lives on planes. One doctor once saved a passenger’s life using a spoon and toothpick.

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And in May 2017, nurse Courtney Donton saved the life of a passenger who was experiencing a cardiac event on a flight from New Jersey, according to Home News Tribune.

She said she didn’t have a lot of medical products to work with at the time, so she searched through her own makeup bags to find materials.

"I got off the plane and onto the tarmac with her. She was nervous," Donlon said. "I gave a report to the paramedics. She asked me to get off with her and hold her hand until she was with the paramedics. She was traveling alone. And we really created a trusting relationship — a bond. She felt safe, I hope, that she was under my care."