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Delta passengers say Tim Tebow, crew helped man in medical emergency

Mar. 2, 2014; Former NFL player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California

Mar. 2, 2014; Former NFL player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California  (Reuters)

Former NFL star Tim Tebow and the Delta Air Lines flight crew lept into action over the weekend to help a man experiencing a medical emergency.

Richard V. Gotti wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday about the in-flight medical emergency on a Phoenix-bound flight from Atlanta that he witnessed.

Gotti said that a man a few rows ahead of him began suffering what appeared to be heart problems. He said that everyone onboard the plane helped whether it was “it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying”

“The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle,” Gotti continued.

He then noticed a man starting to walk down the aisle toward the family that was in distress.

“I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation,” Gotti added.

He also said when the plane landed in Phoenix, the man “got a pulse back.” However, People Magazine reported the man later died in a hospital

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Delta Air Lines spokesman Brian Kruse confirmed that there had been a medical emergency during the flight and that paramedics were there to greet the plane to give the passenger immediate care.

“We can’t say enough about the Delta professionals who care for our customers every day and we are grateful to our customers who are so often quick to extend kindness and care to one another,” he said.

Gotti’s Facebook post has been shared more than 5,000 times since his posting.

Tebow has made no mention of the incident on the plane and Delta Air Lines doesn’t release information about who is onboard their flights.

A separate Instagram photo posted by Pamela Rainey shows Tebow sitting in front of her and a mention of the medical emergency that was on the flight.

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