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Denton doctor an inspiration

One of the best things about working for a newspaper is that you get to tell so many inspiring stories.

You know the kind of story we’re talking about — the ones that reaffirm your faith in humanity.

We try not to become jaded, but considering the nature of our work and the multitude of problems in the world today, it’s tempting to lose hope. It’s easy to get bogged down in the negative issues surrounding us.

Then you hear about someone like Dr. DeCarlo Noble of Denton and you realize that there are still people out there who care.

Noble was aboard an airplane last week at a Florida airport preparing to fly home from a family vacation when the flight took an unexpected turn.

Noble, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, noticed that an older man appeared to be having a medical emergency.

Noble jumped up to help and then performed CPR and used a defibrillator to revive the passenger who had suffered a heart attack.

“Once I realized he was really struggling, it was pretty much instinct,” Noble told The Dallas Morning News. “A lot of it I don’t even remember.”

Noble’s American Eagle flight was scheduled to depart from Northwest Florida Regional Airport for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last Friday afternoon when the medical emergency occurred.

Noble reportedly used CPR and three shocks from the defibrillator to restart the man’s heart. After several minutes, the plane returned to the gate, and the victim was evacuated and taken to a hospital. Authorities later reported that the man had survived.

In published reports, Noble credited another passenger and a flight attendant for helping him revive the heart attack victim.

Like we said, it’s an inspiring story, and we thought that Noble deserved a little extra recognition for coming to the aid of a fellow traveler.

Thanks, Dr. Noble. We love happy endings.