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To the rescue: Congressmen revive unconscious airline passenger

Two Democratic congressmen helped revive an unconscious airline passenger during a flight from Washington, D.C. to Dallas.
Dr. Raul Ruiz
Dr. Raul Ruiz, then-Democratic candidate for California's 36th Congressional district, shakes hands with supporters during his campaign rally in Palm Desert, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Congress is failing to do much good these days. But at least its members can be good Samaritans from time to time.

Two congressmen, one from California and the other from Texas, helped revive an unconscious airline passenger on Thursday during their flight from Washington, D.C. to Dallas-Fort Worth.

After the male passenger, who is in his 60s, was discovered to be unconscious, Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of California (who’s an emergency room physician) helped give the man oxygen, checked his vital signs and put a defibrillator on his chest, according to the NBC affiliate KXAS in Fort Worth, Texas.

Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego of Texas also helped out. He later tweeted:

Due to the medical drama, the flight made an emergency landing in Raleigh, N.C.

If only praise for Congress as a whole could be as high as the approval these two Dems are likely to receive. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, approval of Congress has fallen to a 25-year low, with a whopping 85% disapproving of the job lawmakers are doing.