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It happened on a Delta flight, when the doctor - who is a black woman - began helping a woman who started having what sounds like a panic attack
This kind of thing really ticks me off - this blatant post-hoc rationalization. "Went to reconfirm her specific medical discipline"??? What the hell for? It was an airplane, not a doctor's office - she was giving what amounts to first aid in an emergency. ANY M.D. is qualified to provide BLS so who even gives a rusty toss what her "specific medical discipline was"? And who the f-word led those flight attendants to believe they knew enough to scrutinize ANYONE's medical license anyways? What were they going to do, find a problem and make her stop helping? Give me a break. Plain as day these people just refused to believe that a young black woman could be an actual doctor.Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, a physician and expert in obesity medicine, told CNN she was on a flight from Indianapolis to Boston on Tuesday when a woman sitting next to her started shaking and hyperventilating.
Stanford said she was already aiding the passenger when a flight attendant came by to check the situation. According to Stanford, the flight attendant asked if she was a doctor, to which Stanford replied yes.
Stanford said she continued to stabilize the passenger when a second flight attendant came to ask for her medical license. Stanford showed the flight attendant her license. Stanford said that shortly afterward both flight attendants came back and questioned her credentials and asked if the medical license she was carrying belonged to her.
Stanford described the exchange as "bewildering."
"The validity of me as a physician is being called into question," Stanford said of the experience.
Stanford said she was able to continue looking after the sick passenger. She later decided to share what happened on social media.
Stanford said an executive assistant called her and told her the company is looking at the incident and will follow up with her.
Delta spokesman Anthony Black confirmed the airline reached out to Stanford as part of an investigation. Black said in a statement that, according to the flight crew's account, the flight attendants "initially misread the credentials offered by the doctor and went to reconfirm her specific medical discipline."
"We are following up with the crew to ensure proper policy is followed. Dr. Stanford's care for the passenger remained uninterrupted throughout the duration of the medical issue," Black added.
Stanford said she felt "very unsatisfied" by Delta's response.