After the missed JVM party – drama on the way home

It was ready for a party. The small crowns would play against Switzerland on New Year’s Eve.

But that did not happen. The JVM party was canceled and drama took place on the flight home – when a passenger had a cardiac arrest.

– We did everything we could to save her life, says Juniorkronorna’s doctor, Ryan Allenby.

JVM did not turn out to be what anyone had hoped for. The tournament was canceled completely and all teams had to go home with their heads bowed.

– The whole thing is starting to sink in more and more. We are all very disappointed with how everything turned out, says Isak Rosén who plays in Leksands IF on a daily basis.

The flight home would be very dramatic. One passenger had a cardiac arrest – and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Iceland.

– A passenger had a cardiac arrest and collapsed. Our team doctor, Ryan Allenby, started cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately. We do not know how it went with the person, but hopefully it went well, says Rosén and continues:

– Ryan did an incredible job. It was very dramatic and when you think back you get a little perspective on everything. I really hope the person is well.

“Education is in the spinal cord”

When Sportbladet got hold of the team’s doctor, Ryan Allenby, he was shaken by the experience.

Ryan Allenby

– I had just fallen asleep when Calle Clang came to me and was completely hysterical. He told that a woman was dying, says Ryan Allenby and continues:

– I ran in the back of the plane and there lay a woman in her 40s and 50s, on the floor unconscious. Me and a medical student who was on the plane, started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We worked for 45 minutes to an hour. She was breathing badly and was bluish. We had a hard time finding her pulse. I’m not sure, but I suspect she had pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung, editor’s note).

What was it like to switch from sleeping to suddenly struggling to save someone’s life?

– It took maybe 30 seconds before I understood what even happened, it went very fast. But as soon as I understood what was happening, everything kicked in. The education is in the spinal cord.

“50-50 that she survives”

Allenby saw that the only chance to save the woman’s life was to land as soon as possible and get her to a hospital. Iceland was closest.

– I do not even remember what the medical student’s name was … but the student, me and a flight attendant kept her alive until we landed in Iceland. She was alive when the ambulance staff at the airport took over.

Have you heard anything about the status of women?

– No not yet. The airline would get in touch as soon as they found out. But it feels like it was 50-50 that she survived. We did everything we could to save her life.

How are you now?

– I was shaky there for a while. The staff took me to first class and I immediately fell asleep from exhaustion. I see this often in my profession, but it’s not something I need to do. Many players were very shaken and scared. So we have supported each other. Now we only keep our fingers crossed that the woman will survive, says Ryan Allenby.


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After the missed JVM party – drama on the way home