Two South Dakota nurse practitioners are credited with saving a life at thousands of feet in the air Saturday.
While on her way to Washington DC, USD Nursing Chair Carla Dieter was on a Delta flight when an Idaho woman had a severe airborne peanut allergy reaction.
"She was clutching her throat, struggling to breathe," Dieter said.
Dieter and Nicole Gibson, who is the Nursing Chair for SDSU, stepped forward.
Without the woman's Epi Pen, the pair had to think on their feet while digging through the planes first aid kit.
"Obviously it's not the most ideal situation, you don't have every resource at your fingertips, but using what they had, and we had the both of us working as a team, really supporting each other was key," Gibson said.
Once the woman was stabilized by the pair using Benadryl, epinephrine and oxygen, the flight staff made an emergency landing in Pittsburg.
That's when the two realized what they'd done to save the life of a stranger.
"Nicole or I, neither one of us classified it as heroic," Dieter said. "It was something that, we just answered the call."
"The beauty was we learned to work in teams and this truly was a team effort," Gibson said.
And this wasn't the first time the women have worked side-by-side. Dieter mentored Gibson while she was earning her education.
"It's not an experience you look to have, but if it's an experience that I was going to plan on having, I couldn't have planned it any better," Gibson said.
The women were on their way to nursing conferences in Washington DC.
Days after the incident, they ran into the woman they'd saved who was also a nurse attending one of the conferences.