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Dulles CBP Officers Helps Revive Unresponsive Traveler from India

Release Date: 
January 12, 2021

STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers helped revive an unresponsive woman from India on Sunday at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The 50-year-old Indian national arrived with her husband on a flight from New Delhi, India, on Sunday morning. While queueing for her primary inspection with CBP officers, the woman experienced medical distress and fell from her wheelchair to the floor. CBP officers immediately responded, contacted emergency medical services, and initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation after the woman stopped breathing. Officers continued protective barrier breaths between compressions until EMS arrived five minutes later.

EMS technicians continued CPR until the passenger was responsive and transported the couple to a local hospital. EMS technicians later advised CBP that the woman was in stable condition and applauded the efforts by CBP officers to save her life.

“The immediate and decisive actions by our Customs and Border Protection officers and EMS technicians allowed this woman a fighting chance to survive her medical distress,” said Keith Fleming, Assistant Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “I am extraordinarily proud of the professionalism and compassion our team demonstrated and happy that this couple gets to cherish another day together.”

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality.

Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.

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Last modified: 
January 12, 2021