Woman Saved Mid-Flight After Administration of Four EpiPens

Ashley Spencer

ABC News issued this harrowing report of a 28 year-old woman who suffered anaphylactic shock Saturday on a flight from Philadelphia to Cleveland where she was traveling for treatment of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), a rare, autoimmune disease.

After eating a bag of chips, Ashley Spencer, who suffers from a peanut allergy, began experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis and subsequently stopped breathing.

Flight attendants called out to passengers seeking medical help. Dr Erich Kiehl a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic that so happened to be Spencer’s destination, and another doctor attended to her. Kiehl administered four EpiPens to Spencer during the course of the episode.

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Quick thinking by the doctors likely saved Spencer’s life.

Here is ABC TV’s report of the incident:

Note: There is currently a scarcity of EpiPen auto-injectors available in the US. Read our coverage here.
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