When the crew of a New York-bound airliner called for a doctor, Norway’s prime minister reported for duty.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, a physician turned politician, was flying to New York on Saturday to join other government leaders in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. Off the coast of Iceland, a passenger reportedly suffered heart problems.
“The aircraft crew called for a doctor. I spoke up,” Brundtland told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet on Monday.
Three doctors were on board, including the 42-year-old male patient, and they debated the best treatment.
“Our joint answer to the crew was that it would be best and safest to land on Iceland,” the prime minister told the newspaper.
The plane landed in Iceland, with Brundtland holding the man in her arms to comfort him.
An ambulance at the airport took the man to the hospital. He was released and continued his trip Sunday.