Little Farah (2 months) was on her way to a new life in Australia with her parents – but she died during the flight …
Perth, Australia – Nadia Paranzee experienced firsthand the death drama on AirAsia flight D7236 from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Perth: by her own admission, she was the first to provide medical care for the baby – and the last to hold it alive in her arms.
The former nurse told the Australian broadcaster "ABC News" the dramatic hours – which they say are "the most extreme situation one can go through."
The flight started in the early morning, shortly after departure, the child had cried continuously, was "very restless," said Paranzee. She offered help to the parents, a couple from Saudi Arabia.
"I could see from her gaze that they were worried. Then I saw a stewardess giving the parents a bottle for the baby, "the Australian said." I first thought, 'maybe it's just hungry.' "
Ten minutes later, Paranzee had returned to her seat and almost fell asleep when someone tapped her on the shoulder. A member of the crew asked her for help with the baby and the parents gave her the baby.
The girl's skin was gray
The girl's skin was already gray at this time: "It had problems to breathe." Paranzee then had a short prayer. "When I was done, she became very limp. I said to the stewardess, 'This is a medical emergency, the baby is not just a little bad.' "
Paranzee immediately started resuscitation attempts on the small body, at the same time called the crew and parade for medical personnel: "20 people came running then". Some of the doctors continued the resuscitation attempts, others looked for material in the first aid box. "It was chaos, absolute chaos," says Paranzee. Then the next shock: The baby's pupils were no longer responding to light: "It had fainted."
For two and a half hours, the resuscitation measures continued, the doctors took turns. "The plane was very dark. Nobody moved. Everyone was quiet. "When the plane landed in Perth, the rescue service waited there on the runway.
But Farah was dead by then. Died in the arms of Paranzee: "Everything was so unreal, it was so tiny."
Family wanted to start new life in Australia
The family wanted to move to Australia, start a new life. Paranzee: "The father said he heard so many good things about Australia, wanted to do his doctor here."
The child was treated according to parents a week ago by a doctor, had a cold.
A spokesman for AirAsia confirmed the "medical emergency on board. The investigation is underway, a coroner examines the corpse. The authorities do not expect a third party debt.