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Helping save a life at 35,000 feet

Retired Edmonds doctor has an unforgettable flight


Last updated 6/17/2021 at 8:36am

Laura Ballard

Laura Ballard

In her long career as a physician, Laura Ballard attended to many emergencies, under various circumstances.

But it took her until retirement to save a life at 35,000 feet.

On May 22, Ballard and her husband were halfway through their four-hour Alaska Airlines flight from Detroit to Seattle – they were visiting family – when the captain voice came over the intercom, requesting medical personnel.

"I'm a retired physician," said Ballard, a 30-year Edmonds resident, who was seated in the front of the plane. "So I thought, 'Well, hopefully, somebody who's still more active in their practice...

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