Sisters aid a woman in need on a trip from Boston to Fort Myers, Florida by performing CPR.


NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Recently, twin sisters who were traveling together from Boston to Fort Myers, Florida, saved the life of a passenger who was having a diabetic emergency and had been discovered unconscious in the lavatory.

The sisters, who are in their late 20s, didn’t hesitate to help the stranger in need as the dramatic event played out in front of other passengers.

Both Lindsay Byrne, a firefighter and paramedic with the Wayland, Massachusetts Fire Department, and Nicole Kelly, a traveling nurse and nurse at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, were on a JetBlue flight on Monday, August 1, when a flight attendant asked for assistance from anyone on board with a medical background.


The sisters overheard the request being made over the intercom of the aircraft.

After hearing that the medical team had been activated, Kelly said, “I had just woken up from a nap. About a minute later, the flight attendant asked for any and all medical personnel available to help.” Kelly spoke to Fox News Digital.

Twin sisters Lindsay Byrne (left) and Nicole Kelly (right), both of Massachusetts, helped rescue a woman who was suffering a diabetic emergency. The woman had passed out in the restroom aboard a flight from Boston to Fort Myers, Fla.

The two sisters did not sit next to one another in their seats.

Nicole Kelly, though, claimed to have seen Lindsay “First, run up there. The woman was unconscious in the restroom when we found her, and we initially had no idea what was wrong with her.”

Kelly continued, “We heard a faint beeping when we had her out, and that’s when we realized it was a blood sugar monitor. The fact that it was her blood sugar and a diabetic emergency was how we realized what was wrong.”

The women “We had to improvise once we realized what was going on, she continued. The sugar was placed beneath her tongue till it helped her regain consciousness after we obtained some sugar packets.”

For the duration of the flight, the couple remained by the woman’s side.
When the woman woke up, Kelly saw that “she was puzzled and too weak to sit up in the seat.”

So throughout the whole of the flight, the pair remained by her side. Kelly estimated that it took “approximately 45 minutes” for the jet to land.

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Kelly told Fox News Digital, “We were down in the aisle with her and the jet actually landed just behind the cockpit.

Then, “As soon as we touched down, she was met by a group of medical personnel. She was on her own, as far as we know.”

Nicole Kelly, a nurse practitioner (shown here), as well as her twin sister Lindsay Byrne, jumped into action after a JetBlue flight attendant asked any and all medical personnel for assistance with a health emergency.

According to Kelly, the woman was taken away by medical personnel “to treat her as we conveyed to the paramedic what had transpired.”

Lindsay Byrne, her identical twin sister, also provided Fox News Digital with her point of view.

“There wasn’t much to consider when we learned that they required assistance. Many times throughout the day, tones go off for me as a fireman and paramedic, and I’m not always sure what the call is.”

“I just had this want to get up and go.”

Added she, “Once there, you try to understand what you’re up against. Before we arrived, they didn’t explain what was happening when they indicated there was a medical emergency.”

According to Byrne, “the attendant basically said that the woman was unconscious and she didn’t know what to do, she couldn’t feel for a pulse, and said she wasn’t breathing.”


“My want to get up and leave was simply instinctual. I just have become so accustomed to getting up and leaving when I hear the tones, never knowing what I am responding to until I arrive, “She spoke.

Nicole Kelly (shown here) and her twin sister Lindsay Byrne used sugar packets to help a woman regain consciousness while on board the flight.

Working multiple shifts in the ER, Kelly claimed that she had seen “a little bit of everything.”

She said that “On the plane, the passengers next to me said they had never seen somebody move that swiftly. I instantly assumed someone needed aid and that I needed to leave without second thought. You instinctively move because you need to rescue a life when your brain activates.”

“All of these aircraft are meant to carry specific medical equipment,” claimed Lindsay Byrne, “but since we didn’t know what they had on hand, we had to improvise.”

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With diabetics, she explained, “you can utilize food and sugar to treat a patient, which was available, because their levels may go so low so quickly.”

Kelly said, “We entered it with the attitude that it was an airplane. What might we utilize?”

Lindsay Byrne, a firefighter and paramedic with the Wayland Fire Department in Massachusetts, said she always knew she wanted to be a firefighter. She entered the junior firefighter program (along with her sister) in the 6th grade.

Both ladies entered their respective areas after “beginning out as junior firefighters in the sixth grade,” according to Nicole Kelly.

Kelly said, “I had always wanted to be a nurse because I wanted to work in the medical sector more. After I applied to and was accepted into nursing school, I knew it was the best decision for me.”

“We were able to arrive at the appropriate time and location. We were pleased that we could accomplish something that had a favorable result.”

Regarding Lindsay Byrne and her line of work, she stated, “I’ve always declared my desire to work as a fireman. I had my mind made up.”

Since I started working as a firefighter ten years ago, I have known that I must work in the medical industry in some capacity.

Said Lindsay Byrne (shown here), "When you see people who were in a traumatic crisis, and then you see them later on and see them on the other end, its cool knowing you played a role in that."

She also said, “The more I did, the more I realized I liked it. Thats when I wanted to get my paramedic license.”

Byrne said as well, “Typically when we treat patients, we try to figure out any allergies first, so we never ended up getting her name.”

She added about the woman on board the flight, “I think it would be cool to meet her and know that she had a good outcome and is doing well. When you see people who were in a traumatic crisis, and then you see them later on and see them on the other end, its cool knowing you played a role in that.”

JetBlue reached out to the two sisters who recently helped out a fellow passenger with a medical emergency. A JetBlue Airbus A320 airplane is shown here.

Byrne further emphasized, “It’s not a matter of them saying thank you. It’s knowing you had a part to play.”

That was supported by her sister.

Kelly said, “It’s not a thank-you situation. The fact that we managed to be at the right place at the right time is what matters. We were pleased that we could accomplish something that had a favorable result.”

When qualified medical professionals are willing to assist our crew members in these circumstances, our team is always very grateful.

In a press statement, Neil McPherson, chief of the Wayland Fire Department, praised the sisters and said, “Incidents like these are what first responders and medical professionals prepare for.”

He continued, “Watching this professionalism and training come into play outside of our tiny community and in a setting with constrained resources is a gratifying moment for the department that made a difference in someone’s life.”