LOS ANGELES Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., was hailed as a hero after he cared for a woman who suffered a medical emergency while onboard a flight to Dallas early Thursday, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The congressman was on an American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Dallas-Fort Worth when the medical emergency occurred.
Two doctors on board, including Ruiz -- who is an emergency room physician by trade -- helped stabilize the sick passenger before the plane made an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina, American Airlines spokesman Mike Trevino said.
Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Tex.,who witnessed the incident, tweeted Thursday.
Medical emergency on flight from DC to TX. Passenger collapses. @CongressmanRuiz, an MD, on board. Passenger stabilized. Landing in Raleigh.— Pete Gallego (@RepPeteGallego) October 24, 2013
Hope @CongressmanRuiz is on all my flights home! An emergency room dr by training, was impressive to see him in action. He saves lives!— Pete Gallego (@RepPeteGallego) October 24, 2013
The condition of the woman was unknown.
Ruiz was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last November, defeating incumbent Mary Bono Mack in the 36th District.