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Rep. Raul Ruiz helps woman after in-flight medical emergency

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., second right, on Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began.
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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.

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.