A MAN who collapsed on a plane at Heathrow Airport was saved thanks to a speedy response from emergency services and life-saving surgery.

Glyn Danks, 68, had boarded his 9.35am Etihad Airways flight home to Australia on August 22, after five weeks visiting family in the UK.

He lost consciousness, collapsed and stopped breathing. The flight crew began CPR, called emergency services and had the Heathrow Passenger Experience team on board in under two minutes to manage the response.

He had suffered a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, a swelling in the main blood vessel (the aorta) that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy.

Glyn was rushed to Hillingdon Hospital and underwent a CT scan to review the severity of his condition.

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The images were sent electronically to Dr Rakesh Patel, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Northwick Park and Hillingdon hospitals.

Dr Patel reviewed the images on his iPad and immediately identified that Glyn needed lifesaving treatment.

He said: “I work at Hillingdon and Northwick Park , which are two separate trusts. I have an iPad, provided by Hillingdon, which allows me to access patient information and CT scans.

“Fortunately, I had it here at Northwick Park when the registrar came in and said, ‘we have got this referral from Hillingdon’.”

“I took the iPad out, saw that the patient had a ruptured aneurysm and said, ‘The patient needs to be transferred now.’”

Following the CT scans at Hillingdon, Glyn was taken by ambulance to Northwick Park, an 11-mile drive away in Harrow. He arrived shortly after 1pm and was transferred to the hybrid operating theatre for lifesaving surgery.

Glyn said: “The next thing I remember was waking up in a hospital and being advised I had to have a major op. If I didn’t have the operation it would be the end. There was no option but to have it.”

He was discharged six days after he collapsed and has since flown back to his home in Perth, Western Australia.

Jim Leahy, of West Drayton, who was part of Heathrow’s response team, said: “Whenever there is an emergency, it’s great to see how everyone pulls together and works as one team with one goal.”