Attendant helps man on flight to Niagara Falls survive stroke

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — “I can’t tell you how great it is to be able to see your angels, but I’m looking at them.”

A man got the chance to thank his guardian angels for saving his life.

Kenneth Lidge, 63, was flying back from Florida to the Niagara Falls airport following a family cruise.

Minutes before landing, Allegiant Airlines flight attendant Neil Clements noticed that Lidge, who was traveling alone, was showing signs of a stroke.

Clements’ training kicked in and the flight attendant notified emergency medical personnel to meet the plane on the ground.

An ambulance brought Lidge to Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital — a New York State designated stroke center minutes from the Niagara Falls International Airport.

Doctors determined that Lidge was having a stroke, and were able to give him the drug TPA, which restores blood flow in the brain to prevent death or a permanent disability.

That helped Lidge recover before Christmas.

Lidge could have died if it wasn’t for the quick-thinking flight attendant. Doctors say that during a large stroke, 2 million brain cells are dying every 60 seconds.

You can remember the signs of a stroke with the word “fast.” — face drooping, arm weakness and slurred speech means its time to call 911. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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